Fantastic Scratchboard Art

Invented in the 1850s for to make it easier to reproduce decorations and illustrations on cheap newspaper pulp this technique requires immense skill.
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Mark Summers takes illustrator's art back a century by enlisting the wood engraver's craft to the scratchboard medium. He gives it a thoroughly contemporary flavor in the power of his imagery.

Mark Summers takes illustrator's art back a century by enlisting the wood engraver's craft to the scratchboard medium. He gives it a thoroughly contemporary flavor in the power of his imagery.

Scratchboard Illustrations by Mark Summers    Canadian artist Mark Summers is a master of the scratchboard technique. His client list includes Time, The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, The National Law Journal, Winslow Press, Barnes & Noble’s Library of Literary Classics and St. Martin’s Press, among many others.    Scratchboard or scraperboard is a technique where drawings are created using sharp knives and tools for etching into a thin layer of white China clay that is…

Scratchboard Illustrations by Mark Summers Canadian artist Mark Summers is a master of the scratchboard technique. His client list includes Time, The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, The National Law Journal, Winslow Press, Barnes & Noble’s Library of Literary Classics and St. Martin’s Press, among many others. Scratchboard or scraperboard is a technique where drawings are created using sharp knives and tools for etching into a thin layer of white China clay that is…

A fine illustration of an Octopus by Tierra Connor. Silhouette painted with india ink onto a clay scratchboard. Detail added using an xacto knife.

A fine illustration of an Octopus by Tierra Connor. Silhouette painted with india ink onto a clay scratchboard. Detail added using an xacto knife.

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