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10-28-2003, 01:08 AM

Title: Scratch off the OL' Block (scratchboard)
Year Created: 2003
Medium: Other
Surface: Other
Dimension: 11 x 14
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is a symbolic Self-Portrait.. all the pins and necklace have a meaning in my live and the image it self (black and white mostly) is a reflection of me and my attitude, All or None.
I used color pencil for some color highlights.

I've had alot of positive comments on this piece when I entered it into a self portrait show. I was wondering if something like this would be marketable? Would you think that anyone would buy a piece like this? Also any comments on how I may have done the whole piece differently as far as composition. Thanx Brad

10-28-2003, 10:17 AM
"wondering if something like this would be marketable?"
YES! It is intriguing and bold, would appeal to the usual art fans and maybe the accountants and speech therapists who like to dress up as biker dudes. Or Harley shareholders.

"Also any comments on how I may have done the whole piece differently as far as composition"
NONE! The directness of the composition and the separation of black/white is very effective. Very masculine piece.
I esp like the lack of detail on the left side of the shirt, wondering if that might not suit the right side as well........:clap:

10-28-2003, 10:24 AM
In the right markets you bet it would sell. Scratchboard at least used to be a very popular illustration medium. I know I am envious of anyone confident using it.


10-28-2003, 12:25 PM
Thank you Narista and Andrew for your very uplifting comments.
i appriciate them very much.
Here is a list of the symbols in this piece..though may be hard to see:
1. The reflection in the glasses-A view of a work in progress..
2. The 78 necklace-The year I graduated High School
3. The American Flag Pin- U.S. Citizen
4. The CAT Pin- I worked for a Caterpillar Forklift Dealer for years as a mechanic.
5. The Eagle Pin- An American Eagle, My Signature and My Birth Date
6. My personality Attitude is “All or None” hence the Black and White Image.

The Biker look huh ...that is what I've heard at the show alot. LOL
( a little secrete..I'm not a biker....shhhhh ) LOL

Just wondering if I should go to print with this piece, as maybe the biker market or even the collector of my other artwork ..wanting a self portrait of the artist of their collection. Thanx again :) Brad

My Website (http://www.artbybradgreek.com)

10-28-2003, 01:22 PM
the peice shows lots of good design ability and control of the medium.

If you like doing it, selling is a small point,
If you do a lot of them and they are as good as this, the whole family of them will contribute to the value of the individual pieces.

Your willingness to display the future masses of your work is related to the eventual sales, it's called promoting.
1. First be who you are
2. then find out who you are
3. then promote. (tastefully of course)

10-28-2003, 10:42 PM
Thanx alot Jerry,

I entend on doing many, many more scratches, I have a long way to go to meet the standards of the great scratchboard artist here... but i'm coming. LOL thanx all for your encouraging and insightful advice. Brad

My Website (http://www.artbybradgreek.com)

pero lane
10-29-2003, 01:20 PM
Nicely done with what I'd call a difficult medium. Marketable? I think so!:)

10-29-2003, 03:41 PM
Thank you very much Pat,
I haven't really thought of scratchboard as being difficult, Rather very enjoyable for me to work with. A great change up from painting I think. Brad

My Website (http://www.artbybradgreek.com)

11-14-2003, 10:03 AM
Hey Brad,

I think this is the best scratch I have seen of yours! At least it shows up the best of the scans I have seen. Great job!!


11-14-2003, 10:42 AM
Thanx Bob!!
I appriciate the compliment for sure!! I've received alot of great comments about this piece, I think I may run a small limited edition of this...say about a 25 edition. I may just be vain LOL

I've been checking on the claybord and ph. martin colored inks on Dick Blicks store today. Next year I may have some new and highly colored scratches LOL I can't waite. I already have an Idea for 3 new scratches.. so I'll be busy for sure. thanx all for the kind words, I appriciate it! ;) Brad

My Website (http://www.artbybradgreek.com)