Tribal fox print – etching & aquatint

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 Рmainly 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 Рthe 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

 

 

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