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!
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...
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 .
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
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]