Solarplate etching of a pencil drawing

Inspired by how well the solarplate etching technique has reproduced my pen and ink drawings, I tried it with one of my pencil drawings.

This is the original drawing:

Life drawing: Cello player

I strengthened the contrast and added some flat tone by using Photoshop.

And then etched this version onto the photopolymer plate.

Bella and the cello

This version is printed in dark blue (ultramarine plus a bit of black), so the contrast isn’t quite as strong as it could be if I’d printed it in black; but nonetheless, it’s very interesting to see how much detail and line quality has been carried over from the orginal drawing to the print.

More to come…

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