Recently, the Year 10 Art classes have been walking through the steps of drypoint etching.
To do this, I started off by choosing a landscape image that I was passionate about, as well as an animal I liked - an image of the Utah desert and a camel. I printed these out and made four compositions by finding diverse ways of placing the camel in the landscape. I chose my favourite composition and started by drawing a simple line drawing, then a shaded one and finally a drawing showing mark making techniques. With that final drawing, I taped a plastic rectangle over top and used a sharp metal scribe to scratch the same marks from the drawing into the plastic. I then spread ink over the plastic, which went into the grooves I carved out, then I wiped off the excess ink and printed it onto my paper with a roll press.