- a technique of engraving, especially on copper, in which a sharp-pointed needle is used for producing furrows having a burr that is often retained in order to produce a print characterized by soft, velvety black lines.
- a print made by this technique.
Origin of drypoint
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In the first place, the etched lines must be distinguished from the drypoint lines applied at a later stage.
The drypoint line, by its nature, is more abrupt and forceful, showing the quality of having been scratched rather than drawn.
There are two basic drypoint lines, depending upon the position in which the drypoint needle is held.
This enables a drypoint needle to move freely in any direction without encountering the resistance of a grain.
The rich fuzzy line produced by the burr is what we most typically associate with drypoint work.