You must develop your eye, fine tune your pencil, and tame your graver into submission.
And thank all the very generous people on these forums that so freely give advise and encouragement.
Thanks you gents and ladies.
Damien, All I can say is WOW. You are obviously one of the most patient and skilled engravers on this planet. Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful art and taking the time to explain how you go about you work.
The results are stunning. You have opened my eyes and mind to realize...
It is very clear that you have good graver control.
Shadeing is always difficult for beginners (and experienced engravers also). The best advice that I can give is to study your engraved plate and try to see where you would do things differently when you consider light source.
Do not get...
I posted these several years back, this should give you plenty to get started.
Use the search feature and enter “practise plates”. I know my spelling sucks, but the geometries will give you plenty to keep you busy.