“Awarded to private Darryl Dingo for conspicuous bravery in the face of overwhelming odds in the battle against feral cats and foxes in the Aussie outback. These deliberate heroic acts were performed despite exposure to relentless baiting and direct enemy fire, and with total disregard for his personal safety. Pte Dingo’s gallantry and extraordinary devotion to duty has saved the lives of numerous smaller defenceless native animals and reflects great credit on himself.”
This artist’s proof of a dingo wearing a slouch hat was printed from a piece of plastic that has been scratched into (called a drypoint or drypoint etching) and the lettering was done as a medium transfer. It is 12 x 12 cm and is designed to fit inside a CD case and will be my entry to the Animalia Print Exchange 2015 (more on that another time).
The inspiration came from reading Wildlife Matters the magazine of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (whose work I love and support) and I just thought the poor dingo gets a rough trot, especially from farmers and in the press, but really he is a bit of a hero once you get to know him.
That thought led to this quick pen drawing (including the word “Ouch” for when the medal got pinned on him) and then I had to figure out how to turn that into a print. Eventually decided to go to the studio to try it as a drypoint.
The citation came next and that was a lot of fun to do too.
So it seems that even though I haven’t done it for a while, I can still print – which is a good thing ‘cos I have to do another 10 of these for Animalia!
I have to finish with another first – first print that looks like my art journal pages – now that makes me happy!