Modern scraperboard or 'scratchboard', originated in the 19th century in Britain and France. It became a popular medium for reproduction because it replaced wood, metal and linoleum engraving.
It allowed for a fine line appearance that could be photographically reduced for reproduction without losing quality. It was used most effectively with single-color books and newspaper printing.
From the 1930s to 1950s, it was one of the preferred techniques for medical, scientific and product illustration, often combining scraperboard methods with traditional pen & ink techniques, producing highly detailed artworks.
It has now made a comeback as an appealing medium for illustrators of magazines, ads, graphic novels, and one of a kind pieces of fine art displayed in galleries and museums internationally.
Damian Glass has been working with this medium for over 30 years. Originally from Ireland he has become one of the leaders of this method. He visits artists from other countries who practice the same art form and as you can see by our example, he seems to have mastered the process.
The colors and the details in this image are wonderful and are focused on the beautiful red cardinal sitting on the fence post opening up to a very pleasant world.
This hand signed limited edition is in good condition, frame and scratchboard print together, ready to hang.
Frame: 14" x 15" Image: 8" x 9 1/4"