This is an intaglio demonstration image that was borrowed from an Old Dutch master named Jan Van Eyck. His painting was a massive triptych with great detail of heaven, hell and holy retribution. I assume this is the Archangel Michael, trying to kill and end death and misery, once and for all.
I have altered parts, while keeping parts and made up a few differences.
St. Michael and the skeleton figure are line etched. The background is a softground impression from lace. The dark area under the skeleton was aquatinted a rich black, then scraped back, in the manner of mezzotint. The copper plate is 4″ x 6″ and this was my contribution to the Morningside College Print Class Trade of 2010.
We had 10 partisipants in this trade and several mediums were represented. No two prints had the same idea and it is a good collection.