Printmaking: week one

printmaking November 15, 2015

Recently I’ve been using the printmaking room at The Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch.

The idea is to run through a few different techniques. First up is dry point which essentially means scratching directly onto the printing plate. I find it a bit hard-work and tricky to get fluid lines but I guess that could come with more practice.

Here’s my print. It’s from a sketch I made while on a film set earlier this year where the main character (actually a young girl) is doing some wirework against green screens. Just in case you wondered why a figure is hanging from the ceiling – nothing bad is happening!

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This first one is quite subtle, but you can get great variation by deciding how much to wipe the plate and remove the ink.

This is the same drawing, just a bit more ink left in.

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And the good thing about dry point is you can draw into the plate as you go and add or remove detail.

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