The Nautilus

The Nautilus is the first intaglio print that I created. The subject is a mix of three animals; A nautilus, a conch shell, and an octopus against a faded background of various coral. During the creation, I decided to use large areas of negative and positive space to emphasize form and detail of the subject. I had also decided that I wanted to hide the coral in the background to push the creature to the front of the composition. Later, melted resin and an aquatinting technique were used to create the many bubbles that make up the rest of the composition.