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RAVEN’S CALL, Raven series, Mezzotint, with Drypoint and Engraving, 4 x 5 inch 2012

The Forest is pierced by the Raven’s Call
Beak extended, feathers unfurled,
They listen for the next hurled insult.
Each is armored against the onslaught,
Their hoarse throated calls resonated with defiance.

My print Process:
The mezzotint was invented in the 1700’s,and it is a laborious process which creates exquisite results. The whole surface of a metal plate is roughened evenly, with a mezzotint rocker (hours of work!!). If the plate were printed at this point it would show as solid black. The image is then created by selectively burnishing areas of the surface of the metal plate with metal tools, call the Scraper and Burnisher. The smooth parts will print lighter than those areas not smoothed by the burnishing tool. The Burnisher has a smooth, polished, round end, which flattens the minutely protruding points of roughened surface of the metal printing plate. Areas smoothed completely flat will not hold ink at all and areas will print as the white. By varying the degree of smoothing, mid-tones between black and white can be created. This is called working from "dark to light", or the "subtractive" method. I also add engraving lines as needed.

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Larry Vienneau Jr.

Raven artwork , Raven, crow- Engraving, 4 x 5 inch 2012

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: mezzotint, engraving, drypoint, ink on paper, ink, black, paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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