When I finished this clayboard engraving and set it aside to look at it, I saw a dancing princess surrounded by her admiring court.
This is a 6x6 inch clayboard engraving (scratchboard) etched on a black Ampersand board using blades, needles, and a multi-line tool. It was a nine movie endeavor. I like this one.
Here you can see the stages it went through. Each session was about 2 hours.
In the first six sessions after sketching out the outline design with a stylus, I slowly scraped away the background black with a blade. This is the tedious, boring part.
After the background was done, I then etched the component parts to varying degrees to tone down the stark black and white look. This gives it some depth and interest. This took about three more sessions....