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More on Scratch Technique: What Lies Beneath

Yesterday, I posted on a scratch technique that involved scratching a (white) drawing surface to create depressed lines. The pencil marks would then skim over the lines leaving them as a textured effect in white.

Today’s scratch technique is a whole different ballgame. So to speak.

In this method, the entire drawing surface is covered in a dark tone, which is scratched away to bring out the underlying white.

If drawing were sculpture, the first scratch method would be more like building a form, while this one would be more like carving to “reveal” what’s is underneath.

It’s sort of the same as creating a drawing by building up lines . . . but then it’s . . . sort of different.

I think the difference in approach between these two scratch methods may be more of a psychological one than an artistic one.  At least to me, the idea of applying lines seems more natural than “uncovering” them.

What about you? Do you think there’s a different thought process involved in scratching out “negative” space than there is in building up “positive” space . . . or am I just making too much of this all together?

Have you tried one or both of these scratch methods?  If so, which did you prefer? Any idea why?

Post a comment and let us know.  I’d bee interested to hear from anyone who uses these techniques.

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