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mezzotint

my take on Shakespeare I guess? And yes, pre raphaelites are never very far.

many thanks to *blackdidthis for all his advice on the technique. I'm still a beginner but I love it.
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MYthology1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
This looks so realistic and poignant. Very impressive work and talent you got. 
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iamatypeface Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful does not even start to describe this piece. Congratulations!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I featured your beautiful work in my journal! [link]
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautiful work! I like the darkness in it and beautiful attention to detail!
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protaqonist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
verry!
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That technique sounds amazing and love the result!
I only printed 2 pieces so far, but I'm really BURNING for more :D
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Onanymous Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is really gorgeous!
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shepimp Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a stunning mezzotint! Love it!
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
thank you !!
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shaunsheep Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
hello do you have any of these to sell and if so any idea of the price thanks
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Yup, these guys go for 90 euros, the size of the print is 15x20cm.
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
This is lovely :iconloveblackplz:
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
thank you :hug:
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londontheory Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
beautiful!
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
thanks :)
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dragonflower Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
**scuse me, her imprisonment
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
that's an interesting take, I hadn't thought about it!
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dragonflower Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Wow...this is so beautiful and painterly...I really get the sense that she is floating in water. And for me, her skirt is a symbol of her slavery to her sorrow... :)
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scheherazade Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
This is amazing! How big is it? And how long did it take?
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
it's not very big actually, 15x20cm, and as far as time, I'd say it took me about 6-7 hours to rock the plate (NOT in one go! also my tool wasn't well sharpened so I've had trouble printing), and 50 hours ish on the plate itself. So, a long time!
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scheherazade Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
It shows :)
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clayholio Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work! I bet it looks even better on paper - there's nothing like those velvety blacks you get with mezzotint.

c.
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
thank you! Yes there is this feel about it that you can't really get in another way.
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've never done a mezzotint... but I admire the technique very much. and yours is fabulous!!!
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
thank you very much! you should give it a go one day (when you have lots of time :D)
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Our prof was saying that plate rocking aspect is rediculously long. How long abouts?
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
This one about 6-7 hours for 15x20cm. I'd like to do a 30x40cm one but my wrist hurts just thinking about the amount of rocking needed...
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Are there pre-rocked plates available anywhere?
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
yes there are, but they are very expensive. here the sizes are in mm : [link] - I don't know about the states, but I assume the prices would be similar.
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Awww, I love this sooo much... i`t looks like a very interesting and HARD tecnique, and you certainly chose a good subject. Pre-raphaelite art, Shakespeare and Lilies... I personally love it...

I have a lot questions about this tecnique, but actually feel very stupid if I ask them now... I should study, then ask you if I don`t undestand...
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
printmaking is a whole world in itself and there is so much in it. Feel free to ask me questions as I said in the note :) though I'm no expert (yet ;))
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
I love Chinese and Japanese art, so well, I know a little about it, and I`ve seen Goyas prints and the process of making them. Is it very different??? It honestly looks expensive... and I have no idea what material you used here... to make this print... the metal...
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Mh, I think Goya did etchings mainly? Etching are acid-based prints, and I've never done it myself. This one doesn't need acid, so it's easier in that sense.

Mezzotint is expensive at first because the rocker (the tool you use to make all the dots in the metal to get the black background) is expensive (150euros or something). Then, the plates are generally copper. A small plate is cheap, 5 euros or something, but if you want a big plate it's expensive. This 15x20 one would be maybe 6-7 euros. And you can print several dozen prints with a single copper plate. You can use zinc which is quite a bit cheaper, but it's not as solid.

The expensive thing would be buying a press but I use the one that's at the museum where I take my evening classes. So in the end printmaking to me is much cheaper than oil painting :).
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
What classes are you taking? And thank you for explaining this to me. I had no idea!
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xNatje Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student General Artist
We learned it different at school:
for the little dots in the plate, we cover the plate with varnish with airbrush (or a spray can) so the accid can corrode between the dots where is no varnish. The rest of the proces is probably the same
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Yes, that's more like etching. It has a slightly different look but you can get similar tones. I've never done acid based printing myself, hopefully one day :)
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xNatje Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student General Artist
yes, more like an aquatint. But taking away parts to reveal the white like in a mezzotint
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patronustrip Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
omg AWESOME WORK!
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
thanks!
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ls269 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is just exquisite! I already loved Shakespeare and the pre-Raphaelites, and now I love mezzotint! :heart:
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
heh, glad you like it :)
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shaunsheep Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
fab is this on copper
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
copper it is!
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jacmac Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Ahhh, mezzotint! I love it! This is so dark and heavy and gorgeous. :)
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
it is a great technique :)
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SamanthaLenore Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! I've not heard of Dry Point. How is this technique executed?
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AnCatDubh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Glad you like it Samantha :)

dry point is one of the most straightfoward forms on intaglio, which is a printmaking technique that doesn't require acid or anything. You take a metal plate, a metal point that you use as a sort of pen, and just trace lines on the plate with it. Then you ink it, wipe it so the ink only stays in the hollow lines you have traced, put it under the press and tadah! you have a drawing

this however is a particular type of intaglio, but there is no category for it on DA. It's called mezzotint. Basically you have a special tool you use to make thousands of tiny dots on your metal plate. All these dots will retain ink, so if you ink it and wipe it you will have a full black image. But if you use a scraper tool and a burnisher, you can flatten some areas of the plate (the dots won't be as deep anymore), and the more you do it, the lighter the area becomes. You draw white on black. If you're interested in knowing more here is a more thorough, though accessible, explanation : [link]
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SamanthaLenore Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks for the explanation. It sounds very time consuming! I am even more amazed by this than I already was!
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