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Take a look at this video that explains the art of Gyotaku.
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Gyotaku is a Japanese art that is hundreds of years old. It was originally practiced as a record of fisherman's catch. This eliminated any exaggerations from the fisherman.
If broken down Gyo means fish and Taku means rubbing. You can use one of two methods to print the fish. The first method is the indirect (kanestu-ho) the indirect method OR the direct method (chokusetsu-ho).
With the indirect method the artist wets the rice paper then creates the print (rubbing). In contrast, with the direct method the artist doesn't wet the paper but takes the print (rubbing) directly from the fish.
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Photo by Melissa Martinez