Luna , 2006

Aaron Noble
six color hardground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, sugar-lift, white ground, drypoint and roulette
edition of 30
published by Smith College
30 x 22 ½ inches

Noble created his first etching, Luna, in the fall of 2005 at Wingate Studio in conjunction with the annual Smith College Print Workshop. To create Luna, Noble worked from a previous watercolor that began as a synthesis of various comic book fragments.

Along with a print by Walton Ford this was one of the first multiple plate color etchings I ever got to see in progress. Both Aaron Noble and Walton Ford base their etchings on a watercolor image. They then work with the master printer, Peter Pettengill to etch a copper plate for each of the colors. All the plates are then printed together with a final key plate printed in black ink over top of the colors. Through out the process the color combination is carefully tested and each plate is “edited” in relation to the other plates so the colors blend seamlessly in the final version of the print. The ink gives the images a particularly luminous quality distinct from the original watercolors.

Wingate Studio with Aldo’s Press, Threnody for R.L. Burnside, 2005.
Gideon Bok

color etching and aquatint
20 x 44" edition 15
published by Wingate Studio

The print depicts the activity of the printshop, such as the repetitive movements of the printers, the objects and supplies that went into the creation of his print, and the architecture of the studio.“

About the Studio: Wingate Studio was founded in 1985 by Peter Pettengill to publish etchings in collaboration with artists.

Visitation, 2004
six color hardground and softground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, drypoint
edition of 50
published by Blue Heron Press
44 x 31 inches
111.8 x 78.7 cm.
PKE 7539

Walton Ford is particularly relevant to the subject matter of this blog since his art is a contemporary commentary on nineteenth-century traditions of illustration, particularly those dealing with empire.

“Walton Ford’s prints and paintings look like large-scale descendents of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century tradition of natural history painting and engraving. His life size birds and animals often serve as metaphorical stand-ins for different cultures in allegorical narratives. Extinction, greed, power, naturalism, humor, the grotesque, are all repeating elements in Ford’s work.”– Wingate Studio (

External image

Walton Ford’s copper plate etching in progress at Wingate Studio. Each color is etched separately, proofed in black ink and eventually printed in color in combination with the other plates.


Feeling very lucky and excited to have Walton Ford back in the studio! Stay tuned for details on our new project… #waltonford #wingatestudio music by #davidbowie (at Wingate Studio)

Hey kids, on Sunday ill be at #orlandotoyandcomiccon come by and say hi and pick up your favorite print! #thomsoloart #orlandotoyandcomicconvention #comicbookart #commissionart #commissions #comicbookartist #pinup #pinups #pinupgirl #pinupart #Disney #starwars #startrek #dc #marvel (at Wingate by Wyndham - Universal Studios and Convention Center)