So back in high school I was still taking Visual Arts classes. It was fantastic most of the time, and I loved the excursions. The painting sessions sucked though. Overall, I never felt like I did anything very well... But then again my teacher did say I was a perfectionist. Hmm. But for a few weeks, we did a bunch of etching!
My etch plates were top notch, but my inking skills were horrible. To this day I still have the plates somewhere in my drawers... I wouldn't take them out of the plastic sleeves though. They're very icky and still covered in oil and ink from all those years ago, but nevertheless it's a nice memento.
And now, I'll show you some of the plates and prints:
|Dragon Chase Print|
|Kenshi (MK) Plate|
|Ravnican Knight (M:tG) Plate|
Those plates look fairly clear and defined, right? Well in reality the scans were rather faint, and that's to be expected. I just edited it heaps to bring out the lines, to mimic what you might see if you placed it on one of those old-fashioned overhead projectors. On a side note, that makes me feel really old...
Anyway. These were my first attempt at "drawing". It was basically the "lite-version" of drawing. I just had to place the plate on top of the picture and go! But to be fair it was a bit more complicated than tracing it, because I still had to guess how deep I would need to scratch into the plate to achieve the right tone.
Overall... I loved them. It was definitely my favourite medium until I discovered I could use pencils at a decent level. However there is one little thing that I do regret, and it's that I couldn't finish off the tiger plate. The water and the tiger's body blend in too much...
But there you go. Etching is awesome :)