Scratchboard Illustrations: Amazing Art from Various Artists

Scratchboard Illustrations: Amazing Art from Various Artists

Scratchboard or Scraperboard was invented in the 19th Century.  It’s a technique in which artists create drawings using tools and sharp knives to etch into a thin layer of white clay or chalk topped with a fine coat of black India ink.  During that time this form of illustration quickly became the favorite medium among many artists. This post highlights some examples of Scratchboard illustrations from various talented artists of that era followed by a few videos demonstrating how this wonderful technique is done.  Hope you enjoy!

 
scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

Line Art - Bill Sanderson

Line Art - Bill Sanderson

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

contemporary people - Mark Summers

contemporary people - Mark Summers

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

contemporary people - Mark Summers

contemporary people - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

Line Art - Bill Sanderson

Line Art - Bill Sanderson

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

composers - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

wicked portraits - Mark Summers

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

contemporary people - Mark Summers

contemporary people - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

Lincoln Sketchbook - Mark Summers

Lincoln Sketchbook - Mark Summers

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

scratchboard - Douglas Smith

composers - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

composers - Mark SummersSummers

composers - Mark SummersSummers

Line Art - Bill Sanderson

Line Art - Bill Sanderson

Line Art - Bill Sanderson

Line Art - Bill Sanderson

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

scratchboard artwork - Kent Barton

composers - Mark Summers

composers - Mark Summers

Videos Demonstrating Scratchboard Illustrations

Scratchboard Illustration of a Horse, Tutorial

Scratchboard Illustration of a Horse, Tutorial

Scratchboard Drawing of Hops for Michelob Amber Bock

Scratchboard Drawing of Hops for Michelob Amber Bock

Scratchboard Illustration of a Beer Barrel for Samuel Adams Beer Barrel Collection

Scratchboard Illustration of a Beer Barrel for Samuel Adams Beer Barrel Collection

Scratchboard Illustration of an Oak Tree with Roots

Scratchboard Illustration of an Oak Tree with Roots

Scratchboard Illustration of Mount Rainier

Scratchboard Illustration of Mount Rainier

  13Comments

  1. Sivakumar   •  

    Hey really an awesome collection of scratch board illustrations. I have never seen like this

  2. fipe   •  

    Very cool selection. The monkey image (scratchboard – Douglas Smith) is quite impressive as is the conductor image (scratchboard artwork – Kent Barton).

  3. Maybray Digital   •  

    Really, really cool stuff. Thank you very much for sharing.

  4. Human App   •  

    Wow, what creativity, I am an arts fan and I have seen some very creative paintings but these are a new class of paintings for me. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Mike   •  

    Those illustrations are fantastic, I like the technique. There’s something very retro about scratchboard illustration. I hadn’t realised that that was the method that produces this effect. Thanks for putting this together!

  6. Phosphor Art   •  

    Great collection of art! Thanks collating. Nice to see Bill Sanderson’s art in the mix too. You can see more of Bill Sanderson’s scratchboard illustration work in his London agents’ portfolio at: http://www.phosphorart.com/bill-sanderson/

  7. w3spor webdesign   •  

    Really cool illustrations!! Thanks for sharing :-)

  8. vasiliy   •  

    I am about to write an application to make this shading style more accessible and less time-consuming., but I need to know such an app is needed. http://dore.gnom.us – some details about my project.

  9. Web Designing   •  

    i like this illustrations work its a good thing for new

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