Etching Portraits – Nobel Peace Prize Winners – Final

Self portrait of Rembrandt

Etching into metal plates with a scribe has been used to reproduce images for hundreds of years. It’s limitations have been explored using acid and other techniques to alter the surface. The most reliable technique is creating repetitive and altering line – crosshatch.

Complete value study worksheet to better understand crosshatching and how to create different values through line: straight, thin, fat, curvy, congested, sparse, etc.

A selection of Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s portraits have been selected and their images printed out for you to choose two images.

Using these variations in line use a scribe to etch into a thin sheet of Plexiglas. Complete the portrait (composition!) in the Plexiglas printing plate while looking at the photograph through the Plexiglas. Bevel the edges (see demo) with scraper tool evenly on all four sides.

Print two sets of the images on Rives heavy wt paper. Sign and date.

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