Scratchboard illustration

Scratchboard illustration

This is a selection of scratchboard illustration projects done over the years. As you may know, the technique consists of scratching off dark ink, often black India ink, with a blade to reveal a white thin layer of white China clay. It can be used to yield highly detailed, precise artwork, as in these projects.

Cherry Blossom

The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC is one of the most well-known celebrations of spring and takes place during the peak bloom of hundreds of cherry trees donated by Japan to the American capital city. The white and pink dominate the landscape and charm thousands of tourists and residents. Setting out to be inspired by the canopies, I was instead drawn to the trunks with small clusters of flowers erupting from where a branch once was. Combining the black and white of the scratchboard technique with the color of pressed fresh flowers seemed to be the right approach to capture the one-week annual beauty.


Predators

This is a trio of predators in an oak wood forest. The Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) is under the watch of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) which in turn needs to watch out for the Marten (Martes foina).


Hats

Illustrations created to feature at the exhibition ‘Hats’ on display during the 4th National Meeting of Illustration (São João da Madeira, Portugal). The subject of the exhibition was the inspiration to portray animals whose fur or feathers are borrowed for hat fabrication and decoration.