Freeze and Thaw: Failure and Success

2012, Drypoint of Moses in the Rock, 4 1/2″ x 6″.  Unlike an engraving which captures the ink in incised lines, the drypoint image is made by scratching the copper with a stylus, which raises a bur, trapping the ink on the surface of the plate.  This produces a “softer” or “fuzzier” line than the crisp and precise engraved line.  This also makes deeper tones possible, which I wanted for this image.  I am not sure that I have not failed in my attempt.  Yet I am not disappointed.  Failure is the plough.

Fire and Gravel.  2012, Engraving of Waking Man drawing a comet, 3″ x 4 1/2″.  The difference in line quality is readily observed in this engraved image.

A slightly earlier state of the Moses drypoint.


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Slideshow of  images from the printing process.

Copper Engraving Progress

Here are some more pictures of the engraving process, and the second proof as work continues on a small copper plate of Walking Man observing and drawing a comet.

Engraving lines in the copper using a burin.

Detail of a small curl of copper being plowed up by the burin.

The plate after being inked and rubbed for printing.

The printed proof of the plate- revealing the progress thus far.