Wednesday, December 17, 2008

M.C. Escher, Italian Town, 1930

Escher often used his drawings such as oil paintings, fine art gallery as studies for prints, but he occasionally also experimented with various drawing techniques. His most important experiments are the "scratch drawings" for which he evenly coated the paper with lithographic drawing ink. He then drew on the prepared surface with a pointed tool, scoring or scratching into it to produce his image. This technique, which he first employed in 1929, led Escher directly to his work in lithography.