Urban Forest

I started this as a hard ground etching, it’s only a small 25x25cm plate (roofer’s zinc, 1mm).

After running a proof of the etching I wanted to add in tonality. Aquatint is a great method for adding tone either in addition to or in place of etching’s cross hatched lines.

Based on this sketchbook page:

"Sketchbook Page: Urban Forest", paint marker on paper, 9x14", Charlie Kirkham.
“Sketchbook Page: Urban Forest”, paint marker on paper, 9×14″, Charlie Kirkham.

The colour is a mix of ivory black and viridian green intaglio inks, I used Fabriano paper as it’s a nice in between, the smooth effect of cartridge with more bite, but not as thick and absorbent as the Somerset papers.

It is showing at the Menier Gallery as part of Draw 14 until October 18 2014 (Folio Works).

"Urban Forest", 23x24cm, Green Ink Aquatint on Fabriano Paper, limited print run. Charlie Kirkham 2014.
“Urban Forest”, 23x24cm, Green Ink Aquatint on Fabriano Paper, limited print run. Charlie Kirkham 2014.