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Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings Online Exhibition | Thaw Conservation Center
Jim Dine: Drawing with Light
Putting light into the drawings iii
Detail of adhered eraser crumbs in Glyptotek Drawing .
Fine scratches from Dine's use of sandpaper can be seen in this detail of Glyptotek Drawing .
Thin slivers of plastic removed to create highlights in Glyptotek Drawing  can be seen still partially attached to the support in this detail.
It was necessary for light to penetrate the multi-layered drawings in order to achieve highlights in the final prints. Dine devised innovative subtractive techniques to remove media, using erasers, sandpaper, knives, razor blades, and an intaglio plate scraper to create voids. Light, passing through these negative spaces, thus became Dine's drawing medium.
Linear scraping appears wider or thinner depending on the angle of the tool; the detail of Glyptotek Drawing  on the left shows wider scraping, while the detail of Glyptotek Drawing  on the right shows thinner scraping.
Subtracting media is not unique to this series, but rather is a constant for Dine in the creation of drawings. In the past Dine has described a drawing as "something you . . . carve . . . out of the paper rather than laying it on top."v This working method typically prescribes the use of thick resilient supports. In the Glyptotek Drawings, Dine's main criterion for supports was translucency, which limited their thickness. When using these subtractive techniques on paper supports, Dine worked more delicately to create shallow scrapings. The plastic supports, however, allowed Dine to be more aggressive in his scraping, either removing thin slivers of plastic from the surface or, in some drawings, cutting right through the supports (figure 13).