To make a drypoint print the image is drawn directly on to the plate (either copper or perspex) with a steel point. Unlike an etching which gives a very precise sharp line and similar to a mezzotint. The drypoint needle raises a burr of material either side of the incised line which also holds ink, giving a very soft velvety line. Once the design has been completed the plate is then inked, wiped and printed in the same manner as printing an etching or mezzotint.

Brocklehurst, S. Aberystwyth Castle. (Drypoint)
Aberystwyth Castle. Drypoint