Scratchboard is a wonderful medium. I don't know if you already used it, but the principle is simply to scratch a black-coated surface with a knife to reveal the underneath white base. So it is like pen and ink, only the other way round, and using a sharp tool: every stroke of the tool reveals a sharp white line. The light and contrast is amazing, but it is hard to transcribe to the computer screen. One more examples where the gap between originals and scanned versions is huge.
Then go for it ! I find it very immersive, like most forms of engraving. You really "feel" the strokes, unlike the ethereal feel you get from a brush (let alone a pen tablet !). I love it. Too bad I have no time these days for personal works: commissioners (for whom I do all my current pieces) could never afford the "real" price of all the work behind scratchboard pieces. Well, they could if I was a top dog in the field, but ... since this is not the case, I won't get scratchboard commissions anytime soon I'm afraid !
Thanks a lot. Scratchboard works pretty much like copper engraving: you have to use small lines of different thickness to slowly build up different depths of shades (or rather, her, of highlights). I really love it, it looks almost magical to see the image slowly rise up from the black background, one line after the other.
Unexpectedly though (for me at least), this piece did not attract very much attention on Shadowness, contrary to my ink work. But fundamentally, it is kind of the "same thing", only in negative: you scratch thin white lines on a black surface instead of thin black lines on white paper. Funny ...
Thanks a lot for the appreciation anyway,
Well, I woudn't know if this is a great piece or not, but rather, I would love to be able to grasp what makes the other ones more attractive to the average viewer. One is a very poor judge of one's own work, usually.
Hi ! I was wondering why this piece received less attentions on Shadowness than my other ones, and then you said that comments may come after a later time. Well, it seems that you were right in an indirect way: it is going to be published in a collection of Vampire illustrations. The book should hit the shelves on September. Indeed, you never know ...