Progressions through an engraving project can be a very helpful way for beginners (and masters!) to learn a new technique. Sometimes, the method or the procedure is not obvious from the end result, so we love being able to share works-in-progress like this one.
Anneliese Narcisi, who is a student of the engraving arts program at Emporia State University, is working on bulino portraiture. This project, which features a handsome cameo of a young man, is still in the very early stages. The difficulty in bulino engraving projects like this can be narrowed down to creating the right texture and the right value (darkness or lightness) for the subject matter.
Too many of these small cuts and what should be a lighter section takes a turn for the worse. Not enough of the dark lines and the subject loses form. By correctly varying the length, angle, and spacing of each cut, an engraver (with practice and direction) can create the most beautiful rendition of a form. Check back in the coming weeks to see more of how Anneliese cuts this plate.
What bulino projects have you worked on this year? We would love to see what you have done! Send your photos and story to firstname.lastname@example.org and your work could be featured on the GRS website.