I'm baaaaaaack! About time I got this thread revived.
So, I've been to a art course/school-thingie for 5 months. Have I learned anything? Of course, very much. However, I've learned more about tools (godddamit real ink is awesome!) and creativity (hmm, what happens if I divide all planes of color with thick lines?) than technical drawing. Well, okay, I have probably learned a good deal about drawing humans and things in general too. Anyways, I'll show some excepts of what I've done, mostly the stuff I like best. I'll do it a few pieces at a time to keep the thread and my spirit alive since most of the stuff is on large paper that has to be scanned multiple times and shopped together. Sigh...
Anyways, let there be art!
Training in a technique apparently "intaglio" (my teacher just called it "graphics" for some reason). Essentially, you etch your picture into a metal plate, cover it with ink, take the ink of again and press the metal plate hard against some moistened paper. There's still lots of ink in the rills you etched, so there's you're motif on the paper. The interesting part about it, is that you don't have to clean off all the surface ink (actually, you almost can't), and you can even control the density of it in different places, though this leftover ink always creates a rather chaotic, nice and darkly pattern to it.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention on the other one why there's a white border. It's because the paper you print on is much bigger than the plate, and thus, you get that little, dark picture and a lot of white around it. Since I'm not digitally modifying these too much, I wanted to keep that effect.
This one, in case you can't see it, is of a flower that shines brightly, lying on top of a sinister looking, spikey leaf.
Both are still life etchings, by the way.
This one is drawn after a painting of some random famous painter. However, it's by far not a trace. While the motif largely the same, the original was drawn in a somewhat realistic style. I opted to make it differ, by dividing significant amounts of tones, into flat-uniform tones (kinda like cellshading, really), and also dividing them with harsh, really thick, varying lines. Note that there is no logic in how the thickness of the lines. All done with a 6B pencil, making it uniform a challenge in itself.