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Here is an image of my new fox etching with tribal style pattern. The etching (shown on the right) was based on a pen drawing from my sketchbook (pictured on the left).

Pen drawing & final etching/aquatint

Pen drawing & final etching/aquatint

 

The initial pen drawing was created with Copic Multiliners – mainly 0.03mm and 0.05mm with a thicker nib to shade the patterning.  For the etching, I coated a zinc plate in a hard wax ground then used a very fine etching needle to create a detailed line drawing. The plate was then bitten for about 8 mins in 1:5 nitric. Afterwards, I coated the plate in aquatint resin and stopped out areas to achieve a range of tonal values – the total biting time in 1:15 was about 5 minutes.

The next stage will probably be to experiment with some watercolour washes.

Close up of final print

Close up of final print

 

 

Immense thanks go to Cult Pens for selecting my banner design and featuring me as Artist of the Month in their newsletter. If you love pens visit their website – an immense cornucopia of all thinks inky. My personal favourites are the Copic and Sakura fineliners – the Copic Multiliner goes down to an incredibly dimunitive 0.03 nib size. With the SP version, nib replacements are available to make sure you can maintain a clean crisp line and the same level of detail without having to replace the whole pen.

The banner design below was created with a 0.03 Copic Multiliner and Copic Ciaou and Sketch brush pens.

Sailing

 

This etching is of a beach called Sielebost in late-Autumn. The sea is unusually calm, with just a few rippling waves pushing crystal clear water into small inlets between the rocks. The sky is smudged with a few white clouds. In the foreground, the machair leans slightly in the breeze while the mountains stand strong in the background.

The initial image was drawn with a very small etching needle and the first proof was a simple line drawing. Additional detail, texture and shading were then added using aquatint, to give the image more depth and atmosphere.

Image size: 205mm x 190mm

Sold unframed.

view-from-sielebost

The beaches on the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, are some of the most stunning I have ever seen. The almost-white sands and crystal clear water could be part of a tropical paradise – only the howling winds and thunderous skies reveal the fact that you are on the outermost edge of Northern Scotland. Somehow, the inimitable Hebridean climate only serves to make the wild beaches on Harris even more romantic.

Sudden, extreme changes in weather mean rainbows are commonplace. The quality of light is constantly in flux; dramatic alterations that are hard to capture even on camera. Late in the evenings you have a chance of glimpsing aurora borealis. In April the rough machair bursts into bloom creating a colourful wildflower frame around the beaches. The views are like looking through a kaleidoscope.

New design in my series of watercolour mandalas.

mandala-green-orange

 

sheep-grazing-lino-print

A lino print based on a photograph my husband took in the Welsh countryside. The sheep looks a little like a Highland cow-sheep hybrid but it seems pretty contented nevertheless.

Absolutely stunning illustrations by Dan Matutina, animated by Giant Ant, for the NRDC.