I attended a three day etching workshop at the Putney School of Art during the last few days of July 2012.
The tutor was Chris Roantree, a graduate of the Royal College of Art whose work is really surreal and a little bit spooky - very cool!
There is an example of Chris' work on the left so you can decide for yourselves what you think.
My work is not really like Chris' style but I was influenced to take a more creative approach to my etchings by adding more imagery and darker more subversive elements to my work.
The plate below took me two days to develop.
I started with a hard-ground free style sketch then added texture using soft-ground.
I placed objects like crumpled tin-foil, clingfilm, rubber bands and bubble wrap ontop of sections of the plate to create the textures you can see in the work.
I added tone by aqua-tinting the plate and building up to the darkest tones by leaving them exposed to the nitric acid the longest.
Timings for the aqua-tint tones were:
Soft grey: 30 seconds
Mid grey: 45 seconds
Dark grey: 60 seconds
Black: 90 seconds
The red section you see on the skull was created by using a technique called Chin-colle