Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Scratching the Bard

I've been busy working on a poster illustration for the Riverside Theater's Shakespeare Festival. The subject matter is right up my alley; woodland creatures enjoying a play with the Bard himself. Here's a bit of my process, in photos. I make a rough sketch in pencil; refine it, then transfer it to the black-inked surface of the scratchboard with white chalk. At this point, I get out my exacto-blade, make a few guidelines over the chalk lines and start "scratching" away the details. Will post the final art when I am finished.


Michael Lukyniuk said...

These are lovely illustrations. I enjoyed the photos of you creating the Bard and can't wait to see how it will look when completed.
P.S., your link About Scratch Boarding doesn't work.

Claudia said...

Thank you- Merci!- for your comment. I am looking forward to blogging and being able to share a part of creating art that usually only I see!

I like your paintings as well- stunning country where you live and you seem to capture its freshness. And watercolor is so demanding.

I need to create my scratchbaord tutorial- I've left this unlinked at the moment- thanks for reminding me. Cheers!

Moose said...

Can't wait to see the final...I like your new banner too!
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