This image is based on a picture I took while I was
Kenya in December of '90.
tracing, done from the photograph.
Somewhat edited. Kind of messy, but it'll get cleaned up
Here's what the
plate looks like now. The
shiny parts are the polished copper, and the dark parts are asphaltum
ground. I've etched some lines in the zebras, as you can barely
Then I did a lift ground to expose parts of the treetrunks and all of
zebras. Now I need to put some stripes on the zebras. The
require more precision than I care to attempt with a lift ground, so
painting in the
stripes with a small brush and some more asphaltum. Where you
dark stripes on the zebra on the left, that's asphaltum which will
the action of the etching fluid. You can't see it, but
(tiny dots of rosin melted and stuck to the plate) all over
It's under the asphaltum in the dark parts, and on top of the copper in
the shiny parts. Where there's no asphaltum, the etching fluid will eat
away the copper around and between the dots, creating a tone.
as you've guessed by now, where you here see dark stripes, in the print
you'll see white stripes and vice versa. And you'd better
stripes straight. One stripe the wrong color, and you have
from one end of the zebra to the other.
This is just a
little bit closer look at the
stripes going on to the zebras.