While it’s possible to create amazing, beautiful images with intaglio etching, it’s also a very limited medium. By that, I mean that there are a only a handful of techniques – a very small toolbox with which to work. It’s a brutal medium if your drawing skills aren’t up to snuff, and one of the reasons for that is that you have only one flat line width to work with. Pen and ink drawings share a lot of similarities with etchings, but you can’t do things like feathering or have swooping, calligraphic lines.
“The funny thing is, when I ink, I do. TRENCHER I didn’t pencil. I went straight to ink. I used Rapidographs. I never put a pencil line down on the paper, I just drew it. I just wanted to do real free-wheeling kind of artwork, you know? From head to paper as fast as possible.”