Animal Drawings

Kim, scratchboard, 6" x 6"
Kim, scratchboard, 6″ x 6″

I’ve just set up an Animal Drawing page on this blog.  Kim is the most recent member of my animal kingdom.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time doing animal scratchboard drawings. For those that may not know, scratchboard is a kaolin clay ground, evenly coated hardboard panel that is then coated with black India ink. A sharp tool is used to scratch through the black top layer to reveal the white layer below. It’s a bit like drawing in reverse. An accumulation of meticulously placed scratches will form an image. It is a labor intensive, and for me, an extremely enjoyable process. A variety of tools can be used—I mostly work with an X-Acto knife and a surgeon’s scalpel. When the drawings are finished I spray them with a UV resistant clear coating. Scratchboards can be framed without glass.

If you are interested in commissioning me to do a scratchboard drawing of your pet, please send me an email (

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