Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking method that involves scratching an image into a plate with a pointed tool. These lines create a burr that holds ink, meaning that the print reveals the drawing. Intaglio printmaking is the opposite of relief printmaking as it is the sunken areas of the plate that print rather than the raised areas, as it happens with Xylography.
Drypoint is an easy technique to familiarize with and is a great method if you would like to take your drawings into print. It’s easier than etching as it requires less specialist equipment and no chemicals or acids. In general, intaglio printmaking plates can be made in copper, zinc or plastic (Thin-elastic and thick plexiglass).
At the following pages you will find three different categories of artworks, created the 3 last years, based on the way that they have been made. The basic technique is that of Drypoint on plexiglass.
Works that have been done during my student period in the Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences, School of Fine Arts. Actually, they are fast sketches made in freehand, literally observing the natural surroundings . The themes focus on the representations of landscapes and natural environment.
Each stage that contributes to the production of the engraving artwork is a unique process. Drawings made in the same external environment that are depicted, and have been transferred to the engraving surface following the technique of Drypoint.