"I make etchings and collographs of animals and birds. The starting point is a simple line drawing of the animal. This allows me to study the form and muscle structure; to really look at the creature.
For the etchings, I use carmine paper to transfer the drawing onto a zinc plate. The animal is then fleshed out by using aquatint techniques.
To create the textures of fur or feather, I first cover the plate with soft wax, then scratch into the wax with various tools. These include wire brushes, a metal pan-scrub, a rough sponge or a studded wheel called a roulette.
Nitric acid bites into the scratches to make grooves which will hold the printing ink. The final act is to print the image on a large cast iron Rochat press – muscle power.
After over twenty years of using the strange complicated techniques of etching, I am still surprised by the characters of the animals which appear."
These are sample images from Sonia Rollo. We have a number of unframed prints from Sonia, prices ranging from £175 to £300. Please contact us for more details or come in and visit.