L Todd Blaksley, a student of the Engraving Arts Program at Emporia State University, is not a newcomer to the field of engraving.
Blaksley already has a degree in printmaking. A major area in the art of engraving, printmaking focuses more on the resulting prints as a final work, whereas ornamental or decorative engraving focuses on the metal canvas itself. Blaksley’s prior education comes through clearly in this hand-engraved brass plate. He has cut a scene of mountains and clouds here, saying he referenced Albrecht Dürer during the construction of the clouds in particular.
While this plate may look complete, Blaksley will first print a proof — a test printing — to make sure everything looks as he planned. If not, the artist will go back and make changes before the final printing process. Want to see how it turns out? Make sure to check back for the final version with a print.