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Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Update Friday night...

Update: This will be a quick text entry, as I have a lot going on again...

I'll say a few words about the scratchboard pieces I've been doing recently. They were all done with no conscious knowledge beforehand of what I was going to draw, and they were fun to make. Aside from filling up entries in PaaT, they do serve a Bune related purpose, as I may wind up representing Eaiean 'vision' with scratchboard drawings. (My previous example was done with white pencil on black paper.)

If I do use scratchboard for this purpose, I want to develop a technique so that the result is not too 'scratchboardy'; that is, so that it will not distract the reader by making the nature of the media too obvious. I want to avoid the 'woodcut' look which is so easy to achieve with scratchboard. My scratchboard tool so far has been a dental tool that happens to have a blade with a sharp point; it's the only dental tool I have that works well. I want to expand the range of tools that work, and try other tools with differing effects (sandpaper, for instance).

At present, I'm building up to illustrating a small nonsense poem that I wrote a few weeks back. There may be some more practice pieces that show up here before that one appears.


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