Andy No. 2, 7/7

Drypoint Etching, 2" x 3 $55.00 Bid Here
This is an image that I have gone back to several
times - which seems to be a habit that I have. If
I didn't know that it was/is common among other
artists, I'd worry about it. But some images just
sort of grab you and don't let go. This guy was
a model for my classes for a while. He was unusal,
and that is all I'll say about him. But his face in this
image has something transcendent about it, and I
was happy with the way that I caught that. I also
like the burr in his hair.
For those of you who are not that familiar with drypoint,
it is a demanding medium, that differs from etching, in that
you draw directly on the bare plate with a diamond or
carbide steel point. There is never any acid involved. Any
tone, line variation, texture, etc., all that has to be produced
with the point of your instrument. It takes a lot of practice. I have
taught many people to do it, and have found that some people are
naturally skilled in it, yet for others, it is a struggle they eventually
master if they keep at it.
People who do a lot of graphite drawing find drypoint etching
rather natural, so if you think you might be interested in doing
this, that's what you should be doing to prepare for it. Or course
you need an etching press , and printmaking paper, and ink to print
the plate. Editions from drypoint plates are not large, because the
burr (the piece of metal that is kicked up along side of the line that
you draw through the metal surface - that would be cut off by an engraver,
for instance) wears down a bit with the pressure of every printing.
Twenty prints is a large edition for drypoints!

1 comment:

This Painting Life said...

Just discovered your blog and I've really enjoyed looking through the variety of mediums and subject matter that you use, its very interesting, I shall return to see what you are up to next! Happy creating.