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peacock engraving 
29th-Feb-2008 03:56 pm
Printperson divina

Here is a view of the plate in progress on my work table. I am using a #4 burin to engrave. I have sharpened the burin so many times over the years that it has gotten really short. I recently bought another one but the shaft snapped when I tried to re-angle the face. Must have been bad steel. I have a peacock feather duster for reference on the table. I had never actually drawn peacock feathers before, so am learning. I am trying to decide how (or if) to attempt to render the irridescence en engraved line. I was happy to see a peacock feather design in the brocade a virgin is wearing in a Paolo Veneziano altarpiece at the Accademia. I also had a look at Aubrey Beardsley's Peacock Skirt, but although his approach to drawing the feathers is delightful and gorgeous in its own way, Beardsley wasn't too informative for me.

The second photo is a closer detail of the engraved peacock (or rather, the Victorian peacock feather holder)in . The lines are filled with whiting (bianco di Spagna) so they are easily legible while I work. I am starting to indicate some of the architecture now.
29th-Feb-2008 05:14 pm (UTC) - engraving
I've enjoyed a lifetime of engraving copper plates, but since grad school in Iowa, have not been around any other engravers other than my students. So it's a treat for me to enlarge your photos and peer around at your process, drawings, and prints. I just stumbled across your work, but look forward to new posts in your journal. Thanks for the treat.
1st-Mar-2008 03:55 pm (UTC) - Re: engraving
Many thanks for your comment and for looking at my work on the journal. Like you, I learned to engrave at graduate school at Iowa. I think a good many American printmakers who engrave have the U of I, or a teacher who went to Iowa, in their past.
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