Japanese Woodcut Engravings of Birds - Color Images and Free Bird Vector Art

Japanese Woodcut Engravings of Birds – Images and Vectors

by Eric Fritz

in Animal Vector Art, Decorative Elements

I’ve got some more vintage images and vectors to share. Here is a collection of 7 stylized Japanese wooodcut engravings with birds as the subject. Each one is a masterwork in line art, the use of positive and negative space, and overall composition. Each one beautifully captures the spirit of the animal in a simple, elegant setting. There are no wasted strokes. The earliest of the engraved bird images is a Japanese woodcut from 1720, based on an image by the Chinese artist Muh Ki of the 12th century. Vintage indeed.

I hope you find some use for the 21st century color interpretations I made. They too can be used for personal and commercial works. It was a fun design exercise, adding textures and colors in a freestyle manner – just to see different results without overthinking it.

The download includes both color and grayscale Photoshop files with transparent backgrounds, as well as vector EPS files, for a total of 21 bird images. Types of bird include crows in the moonlight, a falcon on a perch, a pheasant and bamboo, a swallow on a willow tree, and large water bird.

free vector art download


Su Hall January 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

Oh, wow! These are very cool! You really get into this with the details. Thank you!
If I neglected to do so, I want to wish you the very best of New Years. May this year be the one!


Steven January 17, 2011 at 4:08 am

Beautiful choices — nice to see the color and bw versions included – and best of the new year to you.

PeeDeeJay March 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Fantastic! Tanx for sharing!

Garde April 8, 2011 at 6:14 am


Katie May 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

These are wonderful! Can they be used for commercial use?

VintageVectors July 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

Yes they can.

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