Illustration Intaglio
(gallery)
Intaglio is a form of printmaking including: engraving, etching & drypoint
"The womanizer & his impaler"
A sugar-lift aquatint with chine-collé wing.
In English: The image was first drawn on the metal plate using a split nib pen and ink saturated with sugar. After the ink dries the plate is coated with varanish resist. When the resist dries the plate is blasted with hot water, which disolves the sugary-ink and exposes the plate.< SUGAR LIFT

Now a powdered rosin is dusted over the plate and heated to melt the rosin particles.
The melted rosin acts as an evenly dispersed resist in the areas of the image. The plate is immersed in dilute hydrochloric acid to etch the metal where the resist ISN'T. < AQUATINT.

After the resist is removed, the plate is inked and wiped. This leaves ink in the fine cavities etched buy the acid.

The paper wings are torn out of brown rice paper using a metal template (for unifirmity). The wing is carefully placed into postion on the inked plate with a dab of methol cellulose at the "joint" to adhear it to the print. < CHINE-COLLÉ (chinese collage)

Finaly the print is made under high pressure rollers onto soaked and blotted paper.

"Hornet's Nest"
The same plate reworked and retitled.
"Helmeted Beetle"
Etched, engraved and drypoint.
"Goaltender"
Etched, engraved and drypoint.
"Goal Tender"
Etched, engraved and drypoint.
"Hair"
Etched, engraved and drypoint.
"Love Comes... strings attached."
This is an intaglio (a drypoint print). I have a small printing press in my basement which I do not use nearly often enough. The image was intially drawn from life, then transfered to the metal plate, which in turn I sawed to the contour you see. Then I drew the rest of the image, engraving, sanding and scratching (drypoint) into the metal surface.

For some of the prints I added a real feather to the image.

Rhinosoars Design & Illustration, Jonathan b. Wright
©2006 Jonathan b. Wright, Rhinosoars Design & Illustration