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etching attempt

I finally remembered to bring this home from my locker at college. It's only a simple one-process etching, and I had fun making it. But at the same time, it made me very grateful for how easy it is just to pick up a pen and draw something! Oh, the other thing I found is that something with this much tonal variation seems hard to save for web - it still looked grainy at 150K.

I got a few much cleaner prints off the plate, but I kind of like the way this one looks a bit grimy, the way a London street scene with a dustman should look, I think.


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May. 9th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
By coincidence, just yesterday I drew a London street scene with warped perspective, and it was HARD. You make this look so easy! And you add a lot of charm. (Yay for kitties!) Thanks for posting this.
May. 9th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's funny! Hooray for London street scenes! Have you ever read any of Henry Mayhew's book 'London Labour and the London Poor'? It's a couple hundred years old, a fascinating look into the lives of working class people here. Gustav Dore did some wicked illustrations for it, one of which inspired Van Gogh to do a painting of it (Prisoners at Newgate).
May. 9th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the book, but...
I saw that van Gogh painting when I was in college -- I think it came over from the USSR for a special show maybe. I was stunned because it was so different from any other painting of his. Now I know why.

May. 10th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I agree, I love the way it looks sort of grainy... I'd love to do some etching myself! x
Jun. 10th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Cool!! I know what you mean about drawing being easy after etching. Yours is great. I like the bendy buildings.
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