Aquatint Action



Thought I would update with an aquatint for all of you! I've been quite busy trying to relax after a stressful, yet wonderful spring semester. I can officially call myself a senior now!! As for the image, this is an aquatint that has been through four phases of dipping and burnishing. I intend to make the plate even darker than this one, but this was one of the tests I was most pleased with.

*Someone had asked what an aquatint is, and thought I should add the description of it in this post. An aquatint etching is when you take a copper or tin plate and spray it and dip the plate in a cloric acid that bites into the plate. This creates the texture and darkness you see in my aquatint above. You can also scrape and burnish into a plate to soften edges, which is what I'm attempting with the smoke. It's a very tedious technique involving hard ground which is a toxic liquid you use to "stop out" the whites of your image.

** I've also added the original drawing that the etching was copied from.

I also have plenty of other work that I would like to show all of you--and it will be up shortly. I promise I have tons of goodies to display in the upcoming posts!

Take care,

-h.

7 comments:

Carly said...

I love how that came out!

Alejandro Gonzalez said...

What is an aquatint? It came out nice. Get ready fo' Throwback! September '09

Pop-Monkey said...

I gots no idea what aquatint is, but it looks great! Can't wait to see the rest of the stuff you've got to show.

williereal said...

here you go Haylee...

williereal@gmail.com

cool stuff by the way! =]

Kendra Melton said...

that process sounds intense, the tediousness paid off. Looks great.

Eric Braddock said...

Looking really nice :)

Roland said...

Nice image. Aquatint is great.