As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, one of the art groups to which I belong - EHAG (The Eclectic Halloween Artists' Group) recently challenged it's members to create a piece entirely in black and white...A challenge indeed for someone whose usual palette is full of vibrant color, hehe. And if that were not enough, I decided to challenge myself even further with scratchboard - a medium I love, but haven't worked with in many years.
Here's the result - The Master of the Macabre himself, now listed on eBay (click for a larger view)...
I do hope I've captured him. :)
It's an interesting process, scratchboard, and somewhat of a bold undertaking because there's no preliminary drawing done. You just pick up a fine needle or blade (in this case an exacto knife) and begin etching into the black board. A little tricky, because it's working in reverse, but well worth the result I think.
Mr Poe here measures 5" x 7". I think he'd look amazing double matted in black and white, with a silver Victorian/slightly distressed frame. (Can you tell I used to work in a frame shop?) ;)
Up next: a cat and mouse tea party chest, and catching up on a few past due commitments!
Until next time....