Very much like engraving where the plate is incised using a sharp tool. Unlike engraving the metal is not completely removed as the line is cut.

Instead drypoint is characterised by the curl of the displaced metal, referred to as a burr. Once inked this burr creates a distinctive velvety appearance that tends to become less distinct as the work is editioned. Because of the deterioration of the ‘burr’ editions are often small in number.