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Working in Layers
work by L Todd Blaksley

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 Published in: 2015 Archives

A finished engraving can grow from just a few simple cuts into something far more complex. Sectioning space and filling in each area is an excellent way to create a complex design with simple elements.

L Todd Blaksley, an intern at Glendo's Artisan Alley, shared the progress of his engraved plate. The plate's design began as a symmetrical group of shaded leaves with a small series of scrolls at the bottom. The leaves have some shorter cuts near the edges and hatching near the overlaps, creating a sense of depth. By comparison, the scrolls feature clean lines that thicken and taper with the curve, but have no other definition.

Blaksley layered on the details by adding a border around the central leaf cluster and a border around the edge of the plate. He filled in the space at the bottom of the leaves with a fan and engraved more scroll outlines in the spaces between the leaves and the border. The remaining areas are filled with hatching, creating a contrast between the background and the outlined scrolls. Between the inner and outer borders, Blaksley filled the space with closely-spaced horizontal lines. The cuts undulate as they cross the plate, exuding calm with soft curves. Additional cuts are added to refine forms and complete the composition.

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