74 thoughts on “David’s Choice – Episode #4”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. Im grateful for your valuable insight. I have enjoyed your videos very much πŸ™‚

  2. Regarding the plum blossom chutes: With a piece like that, so much white space, I think it's natural to fill in the reasoning around what we see. For example I might imagine part of the tree may be obstructed from the morning sun during start of the growth season. These chutes reach out horizontally since they're exposed to the sunlight earlier in that direction.

    (or we can just rotate it and call it a day πŸ˜‰ )

  3. Even the typesetting is subordinate to the importance of appropriate negative space. What a beautiful book.

  4. I managed to find a website selling two copies of the book, one is an ex-library "good+" condition Third Edition, the other is a privately owned "very good" condition Fourth Edition. They're asking $150 for the Third Edition and $175 for the Fourth (both before shipping). Sounds pretty reasonable to me, but a bit out of my price range unfortunately.

  5. It's gotten to the point where I click like on David's videos before even watching them. No regrets.

  6. Bringing up the high expense of woodblock printing again, what's the average cost of a professionally-crafted print today, at your studio/in Japan? Not to purchase, but to create.

  7. I know nothing about woodblock printing, but these videos are fascinating. I appreciate the enthusiasm. I hope to learn something from this channel.

  8. Your enthusiasm and love for your work is inspiring, sir. You are definitely an ascetic in that sense.

  9. Hi David, It's been 3 weeks since the last video. Is everything Ok at mokuhankan ? We are all waiting for your next episode !

  10. My guess is that, maybe, the deciding factor on whether they would print the lettering first, or the wood block prints first, was the layout of the page. I noticed that the pages shown in the book, where there was no formatting on the text (As in the table of contents or the example you gave in the book with a good bite of letter press) the letter pressing were quite visible.
    On the other hand, for those pages where the text had to give way to the image (Such as the vanishing village, or the image with the map), the indents from the letters are not there.

    So I am guessing that depending on whether the image would displace the text in some way, was at least part of the deciding factor on whether or not they would print the text, or the wood block print first.

    Also, as a fun fact about the price of the book:
    If you looked at how inflation has developed, 2.50usd in 1906 would be worth around 68usd today.
    And if you would buy something that is worth 2.50usd today, back in 1906 it'd cost you a mere 9 cents.

  11. Dear David, i discovered your channel not too long ago and i fell in love with your videos and i love the stories also you are very energetic and comical

  12. David I would love to hear your story; maybe one day you can do a video about your background. I'd be very curious to hear how you ended up doing what you do, and how you made Japan your home.

  13. i love to listen to your stories, great video as always! I'm living in the city where Gutenberg developed the "modern" letter-printing , so its really nice to see how other cultures had their own kind of printing. I wonder how long it took for this technology to spread from Germany all the way to Japan and what the people thought of it.

  14. This video is a pure delight. Love seeing your subscription numbers shooting up by the week. Such admiration for you and your team

  15. Been enjoying your videos over the past few days. Just happened to stumble on them. Know little to nothing about your craft but I've become more and more interested. I'm an artist and graphic designer & can truly appreciate the work that goes into both the designs & printing. It's been giving me a lot of ideas artistically watching these. How do artists typically decide on designs & colors for the prints without over complicating things for the printing? Seems like an artist would have to have a good grasp on what does & doesn't work as well as simplifying design/color choice. I'd love to learn more about that aspect & how artists/printers work together.

  16. I watched a video about woodblock carving once before and was bored stupid. However, now thanks to Dave being a great presenter and also by his enthusiasm and love of what he does, I am well into it! I watch at least one video every night! When I run out I'll just start again!

  17. Hey David, I did a bit of digging on the title page oddity. I believe this may be the first edition title page (only because it doesn't say any edition on it), but unfortunately, it doesn't match with the ghost rubbings on your edition: http://www.baxleystamps.com/litho/hasegawa/1935150317_tp-1.jpg.

  18. You have the most wonderful way of explaining things you're passionate about. Have you ever taught classes? You would be a brilliant professor.

  19. Dave I think this is my favorite video. You seem so jazzed up about it. You are so very good at explaining things. Wish I could get a proper copy. Mike Couchman Carrollton, Texas

  20. I'm waiting for your next choice Mr.Bull. Like a turtle with his neck stretched. Hahahaha
    -> Oh, I forgot. Your channel is awesome.

  21. My only fear is when I run out of backlogged videos our yours i haven't seen yet. Every video notification is like a little birthday gift every time they appear

  22. Dude I love Bob Ross for his skill and relaxing videos.. You are deffinatly getting me interested in this craft. You have such good knowledge and skill and a relaxing voice to explain it. Subscribed today

  23. I've called myself a print maker for the last 13 years, but looking at the artists on this channel makes me feel like an absolute barbarian. The skill level presented is absolutely astounding. GOTTDAMN MANG.

  24. First I'd like to say that your videos and especially the work you do is absolutely fascinating. With that being said, your videos gives a wonderful ASMR experience. Have you considered making educational videos, that at the same time are educational, but last longer, and focus on the ASMR aspect? Again, I'm a huge fan now, thanks to the ASMR aspect I was searching for. Otherwise I never would have known about this craft, and I'm glad I now do! Thank you so much!

  25. I don't know much about woodblock prints, but you are just too compelling of a host to not be entertained. Keep these videos coming. They're awesome

  26. I came to your videos as potentional ukiyo-e fan and leave as pretty much decent art critic, your analysis is soooo detailed… thank you for this!

  27. This video has me re-evaluating my life. I wish I could be as passionate about ANYTHING the way David is passionate toward carving and printing.

  28. whenever i watch david i realise how superficial i am. he can take so much joy out of something simple like an old book, and recognizes amazing things that others dont even see….

  29. David Bull is absolutely Bob Ross in 2018. Both are fantastic teachers, I love Dave’s enthusiasm and historical knowledge.

    I feel that in a few years, this channel is going to be HUGE.

  30. Ever since the very recent release of the latest edition in this series, I have found myself going back and re-watching all of the "David's Choice" videos. I have to admit that as much as I do enjoy many of David's videos, these are by far my most favorite to watch! So much information, so much passion, so much honest and free sharing! More please!

  31. David your passion is inspiring and your presentation is wonderful. And don’t get me started on your skills! Respect sir πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

  32. Inflation calculator says that 2.50 USD in 1906 are today 71 USD, don't know about that good of a bargain, I'd buy it anyway…

  33. As an editorial designer with a love for bookbinding and woodcut printing i have to say that the textured book cover just blew my mind. This is a whole different level! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful treasure!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *