Above: The fourth print from the laser-cut etching. Below, the original drawing
I got a lot of positive comments about the picture, drawn on cartridge paper with pen and ink, and decided to try turning it into a drypoint print.
First, I took a photograph of the original drawing. This was saved on a usb and transferred to the software for a laser cutter.
I used etching to raster the image on to a piece of acetate. This I then inked up using oil-based black ink - a procedure which involves covering the image then wiping the ink off using newsprint, scrim and butter muslin.
The plate is then layered with the prepared paper (soaked and blotted), a metal plate, blankets and tissue paper, and passed through the printing press.
One plate such as the etching can be used numerous times to create a run of prints.
In 2015 I drew a picture of Otley and filled it in with doodles. The scene features the clock tower, the Buttercross market and with a touch of artistic licence, the Chevin and the White House.
The first drawing I did of Otley centre, scanned into Photoshop and coloured.
Below are some more of my 'doodle drawings'.
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