Author: Lorna_Hannett, Contributing Editor
|This close-up shows the scratch marks on the left eye, brow and wrinkles.
Shaping the facial features, wrinkles and folds of the eye in scratchboard is very much the same as many types of painting. Form is created with tonal value, working gradually from dark to light.
Several times an hour I sit back from the work so that I can see how it is developing - and to give my eyes a rest. I think it's a good idea to keep stopping and looking at the picture otherwise there is a danger that you end up with a collection of lots of little areas of detail that don't work as a whole.
|Here's where we are so far. The main facial features are done and I now move on to the forehead and cheek.|
|The forehead is a large area to cover with tiny scratches. Joseph has a distinctive ridge in the center of his forehead and some veins that are clearly visible.
Again, I use tonal value to show the form of the ridge. As with any painting, you must remember where your light source is and highlight accordingly. In this picture, the light is coming from the upper left so I gradually lighten the left side of the ridge, leaving the right side darker. The flatter areas on the forehead are shown by keeping the tonal values more even.
|I complete the cheek and ear area and move on to the whiskers. They are probably the easiest part of this whole project because I can treat them in a fairly free manner. I do some of them with a light hand and some with a heavy hand and, since his beard is so curly, I use a squiggley motion to make the marks.
I leave the bottom edge of the beard unfinished as I want to do the neck area and add more of the beard over the top.
Below is an image with the face almost complete.