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6.3.08

Napoleon's Cat (from a soft ground print)

A preliminary stage of a soft ground (soft varnish or vernis mou) print. I prepared the zinc plate with a layer of soft varnish and then drew over a pencil sketch made on a sheet of paper.
When I pulled off the sheet, this transfer appeared.
This drawing now is transferred to the plate and I am making some texture work on the white areas. The quality of the line intrigues me. If you just draw on the soft ground, it is possible to create prints with a pencil-like look, unlike dry point or etching lines, which resemble more pen-made lines.

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