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An etching, a doodle, and some figure sketches

I can't believe it's been nearly ten days since my last post. I didn't think that my dog's death would affect me so much - this just means that I cannot underestimate the bonds I share with my animal companions. Siwa was very special and will never be replaced. However, I haven't been entirely useless. I managed to make my first etching in close to ten years! It felt good to work with copper, and to finally run a plate through my printing press! This etching was done for a charity event for Locks of Love, the organization that collects hair to create wigs for disadvantaged children who have lost their hair for medical reasons. I am in the process of growing out my hair and am hoping that it will be long enough in a couple of months to donate the ten inches they require. Below are the various states I needed to get the plate to a point that I was happy with. The final print was on Arches paper and approximately 8" x 10" with a plate size of 5" x 3". The print is an edition size of 16 and is a combination of hard and soft ground techniques. It was a lot of fun!

The first state was a simple hardground line drawing.

The first state was a simple hardground line drawing.

State 2 involved a softground texture with cheesecloth. Unfortunately my stop out was a little thick and hard to control so some texture and open biting occurred on my hardground lines.

State 2 involved a softground texture with cheesecloth. Unfortunately my stop-out was a little thick and hard to control so some texture and open biting occurred on my hardground lines.

State 3 involved burnishing away some of the unwanted lines and textures created by state 2, then re-etching the figure with another hardground bite.

State 3 required burnishing away some of the unwanted lines and textures created by state 2, then re-etching the figure with another hardground bite. I also drew more lines for the heart/hair wings of the heart.

State 4 was more burnishing and more etching of lines that I wanted to stand out.

State 4 was more burnishing and more etching of lines that I wanted to stand out.

The final state... for now anyway...

The final state... for now anyway... Not the best print since I sent that out for the charity/show. This print in particular was over-wiped. Oh well, I'm out of practice.

A fun & whimsical doodle:

Tree creature with owl.

Tree creature with owl.

These figure sketches were done the day after my dog passed away. I didn't have much sleep but I knew I needed to draw so I got myself to my figure drawing class. These sketches showed my lack of concentration but hey, I think showing up to the class was half the battle!

Quick figure study - I was trying to focus on the hands. My concentration was off that night!

Quick figure study - I was trying to focus on the hands. My concentration was off that night!

Anothe quick study ~30 minutes. Again, my lack of concentration felt obvious.

Anothe quick study ~30 minutes. Again, my lack of concentration felt obvious.

More quick, unfocused studies. But its the effort that counts right?

More quick, unfocused studies. But it's the effort that counts right?

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8 Responses to “An etching, a doodle, and some figure sketches”

  1. Shirley says:

    So glad your back! Your figure drawing is lovely – nice etching and the partially drawn figures are very effective.

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  2. Sharon says:

    Trish, these are all awesome! I commend you for being able to attend the figure drawing class the day after what you’d been through. That was a HUGE step. Losing my little dog that way was the only thing in my life that ever took my appetite (I usually eat my way through my feelings)and I could barely function for days after. I still miss her every day, even after 12 years, but now I remember the joy she gave me more than the end.

    I think the figure drawings have character, and I love the etching (thanks for showing your steps!) and your tree doodle. I’ve never tried etching, but I love lino block printing.

    Glad you’re on the mend from all you’ve been through. Take care of yourself, and thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. Raena says:

    I really must try this printing business. It looks like so much fun! And your tree doodle reminds me of my childhood, when I used to think that trees were thinking, feeling beings! :0

    Your figure sketches came out wonderfully, especially so for being distracted.

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  4. donna noble says:

    Amazing sketches given your very recent loss. While I didn’t comment on your last post, I am truly sorry about your dog. I am glad you are able to draw and maybe feel a bit better. Art is wonderful that way.

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  5. Eric F. says:

    I like the Tree creature with owl. I imagine you, or someone close to you, as the tree creature. They are happy, bittersweet? with wisdom in their arm.

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  6. Sarah says:

    Glad you are back to your blog– I was looking for you! Your art is inspiring! I hope your health and spirits are getting better and better.

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    trish Reply:

    @Sarah, Thanks! Got your voicemail & will call soon! Maybe a get-together lunch with C? Hugs!

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  7. trish says:

    Thank you everyone! It feels good to draw and make some art again!

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