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Jonathan Ashworth: Swing Part Two

Work / Illustration

Illustration: Jonathan Ashworth’s incredibly detailed woodblocks

Absolutely unbelievable woodcuts here from young artist and RCA grad Jonathan Ashworth, it’s so refreshing to see someone utilising such an age-old method of printing in such a modern style. His illustrations are sweet depictions of sleepy boys, loving couples, scrunched up duvets and old-fashioned bake houses and are printed using blocks of wood, carved out by the man himself. What’s so brilliant about woodblock carvers is that they could so easily just draw these images with pencils or pens, but they don’t: they go head-first and full throttle into the hard way without a second thought, and the results are as spectacular as these.

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Jonathan Ashworth: Too Early

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Jonathan Ashworth: Lovers

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Jonathan Ashworth: Way Too Early

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Jonathan Ashworth: Swing Part One

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Jonathan Ashworth: Spring Dance

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Jonathan Ashworth: Bakehouse

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Jonathan Ashworth: Girls That Axe