The start of a new mezzotint print. From the original water colour sketch I made a tonal pencil study which I then scanned and printed off in reverse ready for transferring to the plate. The plate had been rocked with an 84 gauge Lyons rocker in 24 directions with a 50% overlap, about 36 hours work in total. At 200mm x 300mm this is the largest mezzotint I've attempted so far.
The location for the study is the Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District looking north towards Blencathra.
The original watercolour sketch
Tonal study in pencil and ink wash
The study scanned and printed in reverse
Transferred on to the copper plate
Starting the plate work.