ONIKAGE – Toshio Saeki
Published by Last Gasp / Presspop – Japan / USA – 2009 30 x 37 cm – 56 pages in colours and b&w – hardcover (clothbound) For Mature Audience Only # 7 full-color paper vellum overlays # 7 black & white illustrations # 24 full-color illustrations This is the japanese edition Note from the editors : “In this collection we present a selection of Toshio Saeki’s previously unseen works, printed in a larger-than-usual format. We felt it would be interesting to show the reader a bit of Saeki’s creative technique. While most images are shown here in full color, we have presented some in their original black and white format, with overlays reproducing Saeki’s method for adding color to these pictures. Saeki typically does not apply color directly to his black and white artwork, but instead uses these overlays to enumerate the precise values of the colors he wants. He works with the terminology of the four-color printing process: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK). For example, he indicates a woman’s skin tone should be reproduced with 10% magenta, while her nipples should be 60% magenta. Most of the men in Saeki’s artwork have a skin tone that is 30% magenta, 20% cyan, and 50% yellow (no black). He calls this method chinto printing – the picture is complete only after it has been printed. It is a modern version of the ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodcut prints or paintings produced between the 17th and 20th centuries. Ukiyo-e were works of collaboration between the eshi (artist) and the surishi (printer). Saeki is paying homage to this style, and considers himself an eshi. It is our hope that by illuminating this technique, it better helps the reader to appreciate Saeki’s unique style, deep philosophy as an artist, and his immense talent.” “The godfather of Japanese erotica.” -Stephen Lemons, Salon.com. “World Wide Wizard Weaves Webs of Designed Dementia. Wise, Gentle, Precise, Chaotic Erotic Engineer.” -Dr. Timothy Leary.
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