This drypoint of a broad-bodied chaser dragonfly was drawn on a zinc plate with a diamond-point etching tool. Unlike etching, which produces a very crisp line, the burrs created by scraping directly into the surface of the metal hold ink differently and print a softer line. This technique worked well with the dragonfly as it gives a slight sense of vibration and movement on the insect’s wings and body. This has been printed as a varied edition of 20 and is for sale on my Etsy shop.
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Incredible piece of installation art.
This completed print started life as a tiny drawing in my sketchbook with a black Copic fineliner.
I used a fine etching needle to draw the image onto a zinc plate coated with a wax resist, then immersed the plate in an acid bath for around six minutes. During the biting process I painted acid resistant varnish over certain areas before returning the plate to the acid. Tone, and painterly marks were added afterwards with aquatint. The plate was hand-inked with a blue/green ink and printed on Fabriano paper.