Zoltan Janvary

Zoltan Janvary

Reno, NV
Travel Notes, Engraving, Pencil, Watercolor
16 x 20

For this series I used the ancient engraving technique, which is my primary technique for printmaking. I generally engrave on red copper plates and specially designed tools usually called burins. I have several sizes of burins, each type specialized for different depths and widths of lines. I apply gesso paint to the copper plate and then directly draw the sketch onto the surface with pencil. When the drawing or sketch is complete, I cut the main lines using a medium sized burin. Before I add details, I clean the gesso from the plate and work on the bare plate with my burins adding more and more cross-hatching lines in order to tone up the plate. From time to time, I check the process with a test print in order to reach the desired lines or tones. After the print is done, I use ink, watercolor or sometimes color pencil to add a little more contrast to my images.