ORIGINS AND COMPOSITION

ORIGINS AND PURPOSE -- Resingrave was invented in the early 1990's by Richard Woodman in response to the need for a quality, accessible and affordable alternative to the traditional medium of boxwood for wood engraver artists.  User friendliness was also considered an essential feature in the creation of this alternative to make it especially attractive to newcomers.

COMPOSITION -- Resingrave is a synthetic medium composed of super hard epoxy resin mixed with opaque white fillers that impart its desirable engraving qualities.  It is cast either as a 3/32" thick plate that is then cemented to 3/4" thick fiberboard (block format), or 1/8" thick hardboard (plate format). Blocks larger than 45 square inches are varnished on their unclad side to resist warping.

Resingrave Block and Plate

Resingrave Block and Plate

ABOUT RICHARD WOODMAN -- 

"I was born and raised near London, England, so much of my work has significantly European and old-world flavor.  Mostly self taught, I resumed my life as an active artist following early retirement from a career in research biochemistry.  I have been a printmaker since my teens, starting out with lino cuts but moved on to wood engraving because of its greater sensitivity and versatility.  Disappointed with the almost total unavailability of very expensive end-grain boxwood required for the fine, precise detail which makes wood engraving such a unique and delightful medium, I developed a synthetic substitute now marketed under the name of "Resingrave®".
Working on the small scale required for wood engraving and desiring to produce color originals prompted me to adopt a multimedia approach to a more miniature art form.  This further required developing a new type of surface to work on, one with tooth for the color pencils and a gesso coating to employ dry-point engraving (scratchboard technique) when working light on dark.  Color is built up with watercolor and pastel as well using a variety of fine brushes and other applicators.
For both wood engravings and color originals I prefer to depict a wide range of subjects interpreting photographs and any other source image that catches my fancy.  I enjoy incorporating color, tone, form, light, texture and depth into these prints and color originals to fulfill my aim of illustrating the delights of life, past and present, in an intimate fashion.
I am also a member of the Thomas Bewick Society in England that promotes the cause of wood engraving."