I had a whopping 6 continuous hours in the studio today, probably the longest stretch of studio time I’ve had in months. I proofed my first mezzotint, taking it through a series of 6 states. I have to remind myself to be patient with developing the image. The first proof always looks awful, and so many changes need to be made. Adjustments to the image have to be made in small increments to make sure that I don’t over scrape the plate. I have a tendency to use too much black, so I focused on expanding my range of greys. Another aspect I try to think about is the edges of my highlights, ranging from very crisp and sharp to soft and subtle.