Monday, March 7, 2016

The Princess Dancing with her Court (a Clayboard engraving / Scratchboard)

When I finished this clayboard engraving and set it aside to look at it, I saw a dancing princess surrounded by her admiring court.

This is a 6x6 inch clayboard engraving (scratchboard) etched on a black Ampersand board using blades, needles, and a multi-line tool.  It was a nine movie endeavor.  I like this one.

Here you can see the stages it went through.  Each session was about 2 hours.

In the first six sessions after sketching out the outline design with a stylus, I slowly scraped away the background black with a blade.  This is the tedious, boring part.

After the background was done, I then etched the component parts to varying degrees to tone down the stark black and white look.  This gives it some depth and interest.  This took about three more sessions....


  1. Amazing! So creative and ultimately beautiful.

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