HOW DO YOU DO IT?
See how these works of art are created, more videos of the process will be available soon.
I am often asked ‘what is it made from?’
The answer is scraperboard /scratchboard. It starts out life as a black board which is made up of a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with black India ink. I scrape through the black layer to create the image.
When starting the illustration I begin with a visit to the location where I spend a long time looking, drawing and photographing. I am looking at both the buildings and environment and in particular the people, what they are doing and the stories being played out in front of me. I love people watching, trying to imagine what is going on and this gives me a perfect excuse to do so!
I then look at all of the reference material and draw the layout~ in my wibbly wobbly way of course!
I start scraping in the buildings first and then the people and slowly the narrative evolves. I hope the viewer looks at the finished illustration the way it has been created~ seeing the buildings and layout first and then gradually the details and stories….. the more you look the more you see!! Look out for Angus the west highland terrier.