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    Roman Klonek: Through the Park

Bright, bold wood-block prints from Polish character designer Roman Klonek

Posted by James Cartwright,

Polish illustrator Roman Klonek must have permanently inky fingers. For almost 10 years he’s been generating an enormous body of wood-block posters and prints that are impeccably precise for a medium so prone to human error. Roman’s works take inspiration from eastern European graphic art and Japanese character design, fusing the two to create vast numbers of anthropomorphic oddities rendered in washed-out tones. His characters are magnificent to behold, mythical in their appearance like ancient beasts, yet inherently benign and friendly.

Quite apart from his affinity for creature creation, Roman is a master of traditional print techniques, wielding a gouge with expert precision and printing with the same careful consideration. The results are wonderfully eye-catching and make a serious case for embracing this slow but satisfying manual process over its digital counterpart.

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.