Artist's description:

This Baby Gentoo penguin is still carrying his fluffy baby feathers. Near the end of their summer and so nearly time for all baby penguins to fledge. He must have been a late arrival.

He is the fourth of a series of small penguin original hand made prints I have been working on. The process is shown more clearly in 'Chinstrap Penguin' also sold via Artfinder.

The print is made by creating the image by hand in an oil based medium on a metal plate which is then etched by dipping in acid. (As shown with the Rock hopper penguin in the secondary images) The plate is then individually hand inked for each print giving each print their own individual character with none of them being exactly the same. The metal plate is then covered with dampened paper and run through the press which puts immense pressure on the paper that is pushed into the lines of the plate and lifts out the ink. The print is then dried flat in acid free tissue under weights for a few days.

Materials used:

Oil based etching ink on Somerset paper 250gsm

Baby Penguin - new hand made etching/aquatint. (2015)


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