I have to reblog this, it is on one of my favourite artists (I’ve just bought one of his prints). Fabulous work.
“I first turned to mezzotint in a dedicated way a couple of years ago. After many experiments with aquatint I still wasn’t achieving the deep, velvety black I was after.
You have to work towards those with aquatint, but with mezzotint that’s where you start. After that it’s a matter of keeping the darks intact. But there is a catch: it takes a lot of work to prepare a copper plate for scraping and burnishing.
To lay a ground properly you spend hours standing over it with a rocker to work and rework the surface. It’s one of those repetitive, meditative physical processes that have their own strange appeal. Prepared plates are expensive, so now I prepare all of my own. I use 2.5 inch 85- and 100-lines…
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