Ugo Gattoni is best known for his in beautifully shaded graphite artworks, but he’s just turned his hand to drypoint etching – and you can see how he got on in the six-minute, voiceless film above, and our story below, over the next few pages.

Sybille’s Bath is an abstract composition that draws on the geometry and perspective of MC Escher (though without the optical illusions) and the surrealism of Dali – as well as anatomy of Ugo’s girlfriend Sybille.

Drypoint etching involves using a needle to etch an artwork into a copper surface covered in varnish, which is then used as a plate to print artworks. It’s thought to be easier to learn than traditional engraving, as drawing with a needle is easier if you’re used to a pencil or pen.

Read on to discover the drypoint etching process that Ugo used.

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