Artist's description:

This is a limited edition - 1/10 of this striking portrait, on A6 Khadi paper.
This run is in sepia from this plate, 1/6.

A little more about drypoint etching;

The process is like using a pen without the ink – literally, drawing with a dry point – to create an impression of a drawing that, when inked, can be printed from again and again.

Think of it as an etching without the acid, or engraving with an etching needle. Whistler and Picasso are two artists worth looking at for examples of this type of work. 

The soft, feathery lines of drypoint lend themselves to playful illustrations or expressive sketches, which can then produce an edition of prints. Traditionally drypoint is done on copper plates with a diamond- or carbide-tipped needle. It is then inked (as in all intaglio methods) and cleaned, leaving ink only in the crevices. The force of the printing press then squeezes out the remaining ink and the image is transferred onto the paper – this requires tremendous pressure that cannot be applied by hand (hence the necessity of a press).

This particular drypoint was created on a plexiglass plate.

Materials used:

Paper, ink

Nessa in Sepia (2017)


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This artwork is sold by Dianne Bowell from United Kingdom

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