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).
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.