Saturday, 24 January 2015

Scraperboard Workshop

As part of Level 5's Social Awareness Unit, we had a scraperboard workshop (also known as scratch-board). This black board is covered with chalky clay then coated with Indian ink and it can then be scraped to give a very sharp white line. Scraperboard was used for many illustrations in magazines during the 20s-50s as it was cheaper than engraving but still gave clarity of line. Each student was given a specific location that they had to gather reference imagery on - using StreetView. They then experimented drawing cityscapes and architecture using this traditional material.