EYE Mezzotint States


        In order to make a mezzotint, the artist starts with a very rough copper plate.  Ink sits in the grooves on the plate and when pressed onto paper it leaves the grooves and transfers to the paper.  In essence, a blank plate prints black. The artist then uses a tool to smooth out areas.  The smoother the area the less ink sticks to it, the lighter the printing.  A smooth plate prints white.


       You can see how dark "Eye" started and how Escher both lightened and softened areas.  Look at how the skull picks up both whiteness and dimensionality.  I wonder why the upper lashes were last to appear?

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