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Deer in the Forest Scratchboard Drawing

by Caroline , May 22, 2015—12:00 AM

Topics: Clay board, animals, black and white art, ink, line, materials, scratch, scratchboard, small works

A deer looks toward the viewer as they will when they hear a noise in the forest and freeze in place. This work is in black and white. This is a small painting that will invite the owner to return to again and again to steal a tranquil moment in nature.

Scratchboard, for those unfamiliar, is a technique wherein the image is scratched into an inked surface. This particular image is on Ampersand Claybord, a board coated with white kaolin clay and then with india ink. I chose to keep this work in black and white with emphasis on the form of the animal. I think that black and white drawings, like black and white film, can be particularly striking and may invite the viewer to bring more of his/her own imagination to the work.



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