This is one of the plates that I have been blogging about recently. The shapes are random, just moving the hand round and not thinking about that too much. What we have here in technical terms, though, is about the best aquatint I've done since I worked in Thomas Gosebruch's studio in London (where I first learned some non-toxic techniques).
The bright area came from an acrylic stop out. The dark lines inside the stopped out area are a mixture of line etching into a Pledge floor polish hard ground, plus drypoint (which is obvs non-toxic because it's just scratching into the bare metal.) The aquatinted background has two layers: the grey feline shape, which was etched for 40 minutes then stopped out; and the very black background, which was resprayed and etcehd more for a total of about 75 minutes (in 45 baume ferric chloride).
The left hand area of the actual proof is very black, too, it just looks lighted because of the glare of a studio light. Altogether, this prooof exceeded the expectations I had in my last blog post about it. It gives me hope that I can now embark on that series of etchings I've been itching to do for most of this year.
This is my studio blog. I also have another blog, Praeterita, which contains more general art-related posts.