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The Hangin' Tree by graver13 The Hangin' Tree by graver13
Another etching from '04

Here I really went crazy using my fingerprints to help etch in the dark textures around the plate to form the hill the tree stands on and the strange sky without it seeming too thought out. Then i just went ocd on the tree. i really love sketching them out with their twisting gnarled branches winding and twisting their way up.

Again I used standard black printers ink with brunt umber oil paint mixed in for the pigment
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*graver13 brings us another beauty from the etchings gallery: The Hangin' Tree ( Suggested by secondmagpie and Featured by DuncanMcNicol )
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MelissaKuri Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student General Artist
WOW
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komaru6 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010   General Artist
This is a gorgeous print! Good job, the effect of the fingerprints is very impressive. The tree is greatly textured and the negative space going on in the branches really give some interesting shapes :) Also, the lines around the edges really contain the piece and really complete it, they might be my favorite part!

Awesome!
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neoFLOWER-BLOOMING Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wonderful texture, I really love the idea of using your fingerprints.
I've been working with some printing lately, and I honestly never thought of that. It's creates a really interesting look.
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Mihael123 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
uuuuh
super...
mm
welcome to my gallery
[link]
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Lumbe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Student
Love the texture form the fingerprints - beautiful! The grey from the plate tone (I assume? or aquatint) makes the whole thing work well together too. So many details....

Beautiful!
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graver13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
The gray is just from the plate. I didn't do a complete rub down of the plate after inking it. I mostly just concentrated on highlights and other light areas in the work letting a lot of ink remain on the plate in the darker areas (especially the areas etched with my finger prints).

I'm glad you like it though!
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Lumbe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student
=)
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HopeTithe Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008   General Artist
wow! This is amazing!
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graver13 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Thank you very much! I wish i still had an etching studio to work in.
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HopeTithe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008   General Artist
your welcome :D
awe are you no longer creating?
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graver13 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
Oh no. I'm still in the art/illustration game, it's just changed focus for me. Since I've moved to New Orleans, I'm pretty much limited to what i can produce in a small apartment room. That means etching is most definitely out of the picture. ;)

It's boiled down to watercolor and digital works much nay more.
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HopeTithe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008   General Artist
Yeah I can see how that would be complicated. New Orleans must be beautiful. Ive always wanted to visit that place. ^^
When I did my art in my bedroom it would drive me crazy. For you actually want to walk away from your work, not just movie half a foot away from it and go to sleep. You know its there and the temptation to work on it is hard :P

excellent :D
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Whornat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great Etching, Using your fingerprints is a very good idea.
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graver13 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Thank you. The only thing you lose by not experimenting on a piece is time... and time not lost on a piece will just end up getting lost in a bottle somewhere (at least with me). Might as well make that time count for something ;)
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karolina-g Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
:wow:
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graver13 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
:bow:
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TreesWithCharacter Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Hey there! :wave:

Just to inform you this fabulous deviation has been featured in our club's journal here: [link]

:clap: :clap: :clap:
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TreesWithCharacter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
:clap: Absolutely brilliant!!!

I've added it to our :+fav: gallery but if you'd like to join our club & submit it into our member's gallery for more exposure that'd be awesome! :D
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reanimations Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
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really nice how you used your finger prints...but i don't completely understand how you did it...did you press your finger into the warm and liquid etching ground, or did you use softground/vernis mou? i like this texture a lot!
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Emily-Lemesurier Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Student
That is really nicely done. How did you achieve those fingerprints? Did you just use the oil from your fingers to prevent the acid biting? Does that work?
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graver13 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Thanks! As for the finger prints, I might be oily, but I'm not that oily ;p.

I was using a liquid acrylic to coat the plate instead of the more toxic asphaltum. I, for the life of me, can not remember what it was called now... we just called it "the red stuff" mostly due to it's coloration. Either way, after i coated the plate in the red stuff, I just made all kinds of finger prints in it before I heat set it. I never used asphaltum so I'm not sure if you have to heat set it to get it to dry, but you did with the red stuff.
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Bone-palace-ballet Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
The tree looks amazing.

I really like the thumb prints, it's a great detail.
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DynamoDiva Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW, Graver. This is amazing. :)
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graver13 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Thanks! I wish only that i could do more like it... some day i guess.
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mistharm Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Graver man, have I ever told you you are one twisted guy? <,< Don't ever change! This is *fantastic*!
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graver13 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Yes, i think you might have... and thank you too :D
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Phantasmagoria1318 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007   Writer
*IN AWE*
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graver13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
:blushes: thanks!
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ocioso Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
so amazing!
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graver13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
thank you!
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heartsandroses Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
omg this is
fucking amazing!
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graver13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
:w00t:
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CopperKat Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
The tree truly does look like a creature in itself. Almost like a muscle map of intensely textured beauty. The finger printing is a very creative way to shade. Tons of props there mate. You've got my favorite.
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graver13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Thanks twice over!
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CopperKat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Haha, anytime. I was just looking through the rest of your gallery, I think I need to give your other art some love.
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Echo-Velocity Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Student General Artist
I love the grungy details in this one. The detail is really phenomenal and the thumbprints really add a great texture to an otherwise flat background.
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graver13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Thank you... I had a lot of obsessive compulsive fun with this one :)
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Echo-Velocity Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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blakxhart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Student Digital Artist
haha pr0 fingerpainting ^_-
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It R B pretty!!!!
The finger print idea is cool not to mention that the picture is just awsome. That's all really.
luv the penguins <3uSir
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graver13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Thank you!
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RavenHime Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007   Photographer
beautiful!
wow
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Hyphernate Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
morbide... bad.... evil... and I love it
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yuels Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
wow !!!!!!!! its great !!!!
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msklystron Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This looks like it's from another time. Fantastic. The thumbprints look like hatching at a glance and work quite well, even when you realize what they are.
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graver13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Thank you! I love works that have the old sepia or faded look and really went for that in all my etchings. There's just something about that look and feel...
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msklystron Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It adds mystery? The images take on a lost magic? Anyway, keep it up. I'll be back to see what you do next.
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belovedseimei Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007   Interface Designer
The colors are pretty, and the entire beauty of the piece is phenomenal. Great work.
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graver13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Thank you very much!
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swallow-tail Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Wow, great drawing. I,m going see what you have in gallery, cause this here is very promising;)
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