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!

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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

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13 comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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