A Man of Suffering
First proofs of work that has been developed in drawing to a satisfying finish is a shock. The best you can hope for is that certain touchstones in the print are drawn the way you wished them to be.
These aren’t too bad. I missed some lines and such (I needled the Scourging on the front porch while Crown of Thorns was biting and only came inside to finish because the mosquitos were eating me alive), but things like the hands of Christ have to be spot on. I can scrape and burnish to fix little problems, and faces always get adjusted, but hands have to work anatomically. The bones have to be in the right place. They have to bend and grasp believably.

On a whim, because it contains a citrus ingredient, I used Goop to remove the ground from the first plate, Crown of Thorns, and it stripped the acrylic off without a hitch.

On a whim, because it contains a citrus ingredient, I used Goop to remove the ground from the first plate, Crown of Thorns, and it stripped the acrylic off without a hitch. Peeled off like sunburned skin. When I use soda wash it takes hours and is a real pain. I have a huge container of Goop! Whoopee!
The next proof has the advantage of coloring the clear ground so I can see through it to get a better idea what I’m doing. I suspect I will keep it pure hard ground so I can etch lines at different depths to achieve an effect I want. Now to get Carrying the Cross onto the plate!
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Jesus Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!
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