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Creating Your Signature Style in Engraving
work by Rick Eaton

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 Published in: 2014 Archives

When looking at scrolls and leaves used in hand engraving, certain aspects of these elements are found back hundreds or even thousands of years through art history. This is understandable, as the basis for many of these designs comes directly from nature.

It takes experience, practice, experimentation, and time to develop your own take on a centuries-old motif like scroll and leaf. Rick Eaton, who is a master knifemaker and hand engraving artist, has adapted the solemn, single leaf design into one that easily signifies his authorship. His open layout, with leaves dancing through the negative space, also contributes to his spectacular designs.

This flame-like rendition of a leaf is instrumental in the fantasy-driven aesthetic of most of his work. From the detailed interior shading to the leaf's end, which seems to twist and flick in two dimensions, this style makes Eaton's knives all the more alive — and recognizable as work by Rick Eaton.


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