While working towards my Masters in Fine Arts Education, I had the good fortune to study under an amazing professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Her name was Anna Audette and she was the head of the printmaking studio where I basically lived. It was here that I created some of my most memorable images and where I also developed a technique that I call "Digital Woodcut".
You see I was a jewelry undergrad. I was used to working in extreme detail. My loon pins are an indicator of this. Anyway, I did some itaglio. It was great for detail. Fine etching was right down my alley. Then we turned to woodcut. Now here, most of my classmates adjusted and got rougher and looser with their work. Not me. I wanted detail. And I suffered. The wood would splinter and my cutting tools would grab a vein and run with it. I then had to patch and sand. I got super frustrated. How could I achieve near photographic detail with woodcut?
Then it occurred to me. A Dremel rotary tool, much like a dentist drill, with a small cut off wheel would make a cut in the wood about 1/4" long without splintering the wood. So I then took my photos into Photoshop (thus the digital part) where I crosshatched the image and then with Anna's help transferred the reversed and Xeroxed images to my maple plywood using an acetate solution and aluminum foil. I was then able to cut out all the white areas with the Dremel and ink the board up with whatever color ink I chose; usually black. The results are seen in my motorcycle prints and in Tate Wilderness Art Portfolio 2.