One of my new years resolutions for 2017 has been to get out my pad and pencils and get sketching. As I am focusing my efforts on matters botanical at the moment, I decided to obtain some random subject matter in the form of a twig with dormant buds, from the old Bramley Apple tree at the bottom of the garden. Upon closer inspection of the twig, I discovered plenty of shapes and textures to sketch.
The resulting sketch was going to be the end result, until I decided that this would make a nice small drypoint print. The sketch outline was roughly traced onto a 100mm square perspex sheet, before the detail was gradually built-up. I was going to use a dark green etching ink for this print, but in the end decided to use a nice dark raw umber which always looks good on Somerset buff 280gsm printmakers paper. I intend this to be the first in a series of small drypoints of various twigs, which will allow me to study variations in the shapes and textures between different species of tree.