On October 3 I successfully concluded a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a monumental engraving of an African Black Rhinoceros, the animal depicted in this drawing. Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform which enables donors to support creative projects in exchange for premiums, products, or the simple satisfaction of participation.
If you'd like to view the Kickstarter campaign page, please click here.
The drawing above is the full-scale plan for the engraving.
I spent approximately six months on the drawing, working with a Kaimei brush pen on a sheet of paper tacked to the wall of our apartment in Park Slope. The most difficult part of any engraving is simply deciding how to translate the image into complex line systems. This drawing is intended to resolve these issues before I begin to cut the plate.
The prints which follow in this gallery are both preparatory exercises for the large engraving and premiums which will be offered to supporters.
This tiny plate was undertaken as a way to see how the full image of the rhinoceros against the background would translate into an intaglio print. By shrinking the image to postcard size, the value scheme and the composition are clarified and any issues within the image become more obvious.
This engraving is a detailed study of the head of the animal, with the reduction in scale enforcing some simplicity onto the line structure and shading.
The first print in which I treat the full body of the animal, and see how it appears against a shaded background.
The original print which inspired the creation of a monumental, full-body engraving of the animal.