Do not let yourself get trapped into her blank gaze, lest your soul be stolen and devoured. --- Scratchboard . --- Prints, Tee-shirts and totes available at www.ellenmilliongraphics.com. --- More art from Pierre Carles at www.pierrecarles.com.
Merci mille fois pour ce beau commentaire. La carte a gratter est un medium un peu austere a l'usage, mais le resultat est toujours interessant. C'est particulierement vrai pour les originaux, car on arrive rarement a d'aussi forts contrastes noir-blanc avec un autre support. En tout cas, ces remarques positives me vont droit au coeur. A bientot.
Originalité, qualité, ambiance... elle est tout, elle a tout. Cette oeuvre à pris son envol, elle vit par elle même, les commentaires sont inutiles. Bravo Pierre.
Merci beaucoup pour ce commentaire qui me va droit au coeur.
J'aime l'atmosphère étrange et intimiste de cette illus. Belle gestion de la lumière et du détail.
Thank you Kirsi. A comment from you here is a real honor. Makes me happy.
wow.. what an atmosphere.. the light in her thigh and chest and the gloomy mood of the piece is just amazing.. very fine technique, the lines look really dimensional and alive. Great job Pierre!
Merci. Mon modèle va être très fière !
Belle ambiance Pierre , beau travail!
Wow ! Very nice compliment of yours. *blushing*
I love the lighting! You have such a unique style! Never seen anything like it....really fantastic
A million thanks for this nice compliment Jessica. The comparison with a "page from a sinister book of alchemy" really made me think. I did not conciously perceive that special "artifactual" quality of the medium before, but now that you point to it, I am begining to see it in a different way. And it is definitely a very inspiring idea, so thank you twice !
Sorry I missed posting on this treasure - I was out sick with the "comment bug." I'm so glad you are continuing to work in scratchboard - it has such an artifactual, artisanal feel to it, like a page from a sinister book of alchemy. Great perspective and light technique, great everything!
Hi Peter. Thanks for the kind words. A scratchboard is essentially a sheet of white and strong cardboard, coated with a solid thin black layer. You use it by carving lines in the black layer so as to make the white board appear underneath, using a sharp cutter. It is basically the same technique as engraving, only, with less expensive materials. Since you work with only two color values (black or white) and no mid-tone at all, you "mimic" midtones by playing on the thickness and proximity of the white lines. The trouble is, of course, that once a line has been carved, it stays where it is: no way to correct it (appart from small touch-ups with black acrylic, in extreme cases). Hopes this explanation helps. Best regards.
Hi,Pierre. Thanks for your comment before.
Cool pic. Those lines make it really disturbing (in a good way ^^)
What's a scratchboard? (sorry... digital generation here ^^)
Many thanks Rachel. As a regular visitor to your gallery, your positive feedback is all the more important to me.
Very impressive work Pierre. Scratchboard seems like a very difficult medium, but you have definitely mastered it.
Many thanks for the nice comment Susanne. By the way ... how is Betty ?
Wow, what masterful use of light, shadow and curves! Beautifully done!
Many thanks Jeff. I am a big fan of your action scenes myself (especially the one where the mantel clock turns berserk ). Thank you for dropping this kind note.
I LOVE scratchboard. This is terrific!
A-ha Saiklor ! Nice to see you here. Thanks for the kind comment, I cannot wait to see the next piece in your "crazy hair" series.
and the skull is priceless
and everything else too, of course
Wow Walt ! Very nice of yours to stop by and leave this kind message. Your gallery is so full of exceptional work that I am really happy you liked my work too.
Incredible work! Brilliant use of a wonderful medium!
Well Meredith ... having a comment from you here means a LOT to me. As I told you once, you were my daughter's favorite artist from her book on watercolor fairies, and this is what drew me here, in Epilogue, a place which I did not know before. So many thanks for taking the time to comment here, it makes me immensely proud. And like my daughter, I too love your art.
OMG....wow. You've got to be crazy to use sratchboard.
Thank you Simon. I can tell you that my model too is REALLY happy the piece got positive feedback. Hope to see another of your strange worlds take shape soon.
What a great piece, so simple when you examine it but with real impact and expression - Well done!
Many thanks Malcolm. The worst limitation of this medium, to me, is how slow it is. After too much time spent on the same piece, I start to lose my critical eye on it, and that is when severe mistakes may turn up. I did not quite avoid them on this one, but ... I am glad people seem to like it all the same.
Thank you Marley. Not that her forms need much accentuation either, but ...
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