The Boy who Cried Wolf
Steel plate etching and nitric acid Assignmen#4
For this assignment, we had to develop a composition that included 3 areas of tones. The composition must have depth, intrigue details. By using a fume hood and safety equipment. We have to etch into a steel plate the line work. After we use aquatint to create tones into the drawing. The requirements were to develop a strong composition with fine detail as well as 3 areas of tone. For my piece, I drew a scene of the fable The boy who cried wolf. Some of the things that met the outline requirements were the intrigue line work. The wolf’s head has a lot of lines moving in different directions to represent the fur. I also add line details like stars in the night sky. Another, an observation I made is that I didn’t meet all the requirements for tone. I have a gray tone on the shirt and hair and mountains. What I would have done differently is add more tone values to the moon to make it look like craters. I feel like adding these details would have completed my composition and made it more cohesive.
My investment in this project was well managed. I miss the first day where the student got their steel plates and painted the aquatint on the plate. I sent my drawing/design via email to my professor to get feedback on things I could do better. I drew a couple more sketches and came up with one that I like best. Next, over the weekend I etched my drawing onto the steel plate. In class, we spray the plate as well as dipped in acid. On Monday morning me and my classmate when to the acid room with Vav and did the tones dips. In class and later that afternoon I started the printing process. It took a lot of time to get the prints to all come out very similar.
In the future, what I would do differently is label my wet paper bag. I thought that putting a fail print on top of my paper bag of prints would express that this paper is someones. I ended up using the paper provided by the instructor for my final prints.
For this assignment, I looked at artists like Goya and Paula Rego. I mostly inspired by Paula Rego’s beautiful, delicate etchings. Rego’s drawing reminded me of watercolor paintings with ink line work. My favorite series of her is the “Nursery Rhymes”. Her visual aesthetics are so intriguing and mysterious. I really enjoy children books and nursery rhymes and looking at Rego’s drawing reminded me of the fun times I spend working as a preschool/infant teacher. I worked as a preschool teacher for 5 years during the summer and school year. I loved reading to the children and singing songs with them.
I choose the fable ” the boy who cried wolf”. I really like this story because it teaches children that there are consequences to lying and even if think the lie is just a funny joke, it can sometimes affect the people you tell lies to. I came across something very interesting about this fable, according to Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman. “Recent educational experiment suggested that reading “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” increased children’s likelihood of lying. Many teachers use this fable to teach children about the consequences of lying, but it seems that somehow this fable encourages children to lie.
My plan with this print series is to send one them to the school I worked in as a gift to the children and wonderful teachers I met.