Another scratchboard image. On Saturday I finished reading Pride and Prejudice to my father (his choice) and we started Sense and Sensibility. The last third of P&P is so full of anxiously-awaited letters that it seemed an eligible choice for this week’s Illustration Friday topic: Worry.
Our edition has very handsome woodcut illustrations, so I tried to echo some of those techniques in this picture and while I couldn’t manage anything approaching the level of detail and control in those, I think it is a lot better than my first scratchboard attempt.
I used upholstery needles for scratching, cross-hatched the background and scraped away the excess with a pocket knife which was ideal.
I showed this to my father and he said, “Oh. A granny reading a newspaper.” So I can handle honest opinions.