Distraction, Color Mezzotint
26 x 18
“Distraction” is a combination mezzotint and aquatint (etching) made from three plates.
While the work done on the plates is quite time consuming, the printing is relatively straightforward, being printed in basic yellow, then magenta and finally cyan. The darkest tones are achieved through the combination of all three plates. As to the platework, Wikipedia explains, “Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening the plate with thousands of little dots made by a metal tool with small teeth, called a “rocker.” In printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean.”* The yellow plate is achieved through etching and aquatint.