Anne Desmet was elected a Royal Academician in 2011. She is an experienced printmaking tutor and was editor of Printmaking Today from 1998-2013.
This is such a wonderful, rich piece of sculpture; the musculature on the torso and on the back is astounding.
1. A cast of Apollonius' Belvedere Torso
These casts are a wonderful resource for students and for artists like me, that like to draw a bit of classical statuary from time to time.
2. Casts of the Parthenon marbles
Dürer was the first rock-star artist and prints like this are what spread his fame throughout Europe... his are supremely amazing.
3. Albrecht Dürer's Four Horsemen
This is arguably the first true chiaroscuro woodcut ever made. It’s very small, intensely detailed, very atmospheric and tells a rather grim story.
4. Hans Burgkmair's Lovers Surprised by Death
These etchings are period pieces, but they have a beautiful quality of light and action and movement.
5. Jan van der Heyden's etching of a fire
The architecture in this etching looks extremely Italian, but it’s an entirely invented composition, a completely wonderful thing that’s inspired me to make invented architectural pieces of my own.
6. Giovanni Battista Piranesi's print of a fire
This wood-engraving is not technically perfectly cut, in some ways perhaps it’s quite roughly cut, but it’s a very atmospheric little piece.
7. William Blake's The Blighted Corn
The body of the windmill and the landscape it’s set in are just suggested by a few lines, but every line is absolutely in the right place and describing something perfectly.
8. Frank Short's drawing of a windmill
There’s a great energy in this drawing. Every line has a purpose, she’s fully understood the figure, the weight of that figure in the tree and the movement of the legs.
9. Laura Knight's study of a model
Watch Anne Desmet make a wood engraving
Anne Desmet RA demonstrates each step in creating a wood engraving, from tracing the original drawing through to printing a first proof.