Leslie Gilbert Illingworth – French withdrawal from Algeria

I don’t know the history of this conflict, and I don’t know much about Leslie Gilbert Illingworth. He didn’t seem to do a lot of scratchboard work for his political cartoons. What interests me here is the visual journey. The composition keeps my eye moving around it. There isn’t a lot of detail, but the high contrast light reveals the story in silhouette.

Russ McMullin – George Washington with American flag background

This piece isn’t new. It’s been sitting around, patiently waiting for me to decide how to finish it. It had a solid back background that seemed to be calling for more personality. I envisioned an American flag backdrop and today was the day to try it. My wife likes it, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


Brian Gallagher – Sunflower and Dolmen

I revisited Brian Gallagher’s blog today and found a few new pieces that I had to post. It seems that most scratchboard artists these days are striving for as much detail as possible. Brian goes against that trend and creates nice work with simple bold strokes. This leaves more to the imagination in my opinion. His style has an energy that really appeals to me.

Mary Flock – wonderful scratchboard illustrations with great design and line variation

I first saw Mary Flock’s work around 1992 in Scratchboard for Illustration, by Ruth Lozner. Today I was searching for new scratchboard work to admire, and her name popped into my head. I found some really nice pieces from the late 80s (below).

The images on her website are disappointingly small, which is unfortunate. In my search I found her Facebook page and although I didn’t find any scratchboard work, her sketches and watercolors are simply amazing.

The images aren’t showing up any longer, but trust me, they were nice. 🙂