Wednesday, February 25, 2004

The Japanese Lady Started as a Woodcut!

Andy Hertzfeld shares Susan Kare's MacPaint Gallery.

The "Japanese Lady" on the left is a pretty famous one, since it was used in the original brochure. She started with a scan of a fine Japanese woodcut that Steve had procured.

So what I'm hearing is that the 'Japanese Lady' was NOT painted using MacPaint.

I'm crushed.


  1. No, I think it was, she was just copying a woodcut

  2. Hi JOel,

    Nope. Iwas actually on e of hte first scanned images on a Mac.

    "With the Japanese lady, Bill Atkinson was experimenting with scanning, and Steve brought in an actual woodcut that he had bought: it was big and colorful, and that was one of the first things that we scanned. And I took the scan, which was kind of rough, and refined it to make the final illustration. It looks so crude now-- in terms of scanning technology-- but it seemed amazing at the time that you could get a "real" image into your computer."