Artist Creates Elaborate Black And White Scratchboard Illustrations By Etching Into The Black Ink

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Paris-based illustrator Nicolas Delort creates mysterious black and white scratchboard illustrations. Using nothing but black ink and sharp tools, Delort etches his elaborate drawings into the surface of a clayboard. Despite the monochromatic palette, his works carry out a sense of colorfulness through their dynamic and wondrous scenarios.

Because of his scratchboard technique, Delort‘s works are focusing more on the negative space and its function in the art world. His high-contrast illustrations are full of apocalyptic dynamism, accentuated by the eccentric compositions, intrinsic etching and attention to every minuscule detail. Despite that, artist says his workflow is pretty chaotic.

“Up until the final inking stage, my work is mostly improvisation, because I’m basically never happy with my stuff until it’s finished <…> I start out with a bunch of thumbnails and when I find one that I like open it up in Photoshop and move stuff around until I’m satisfied. I make a final sketch, transfer it on to the scratchboard and scratch away till my wrist hurts.“

While some of Delort‘s narratives might be utterly unknown, others illustrate scenes from literary works such as Harry Potter, American Gods, or are designated movie posters. Although modern in content, Delort‘s works remind us of such artists as Gustav Doré and even Albrecht Dürer who‘ve been advocating the noteworthy art of etching years past. (via Lost At E Minor; Hypocrite Design)

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  • I hate to rain on your parade, but artists have used this technique for centuries. Try Google Image Search, or maybe there’s a library in your town? Or an art shop? Even a bookstore.

    Believe me, your articles would be so much better if you knew what you were talking about.

    You’ll thank me later.

  • bdecay

    We realize that he didn’t invent the technique. Does the article make it sound like he did? We do however think that he used the scratchboard to great effect.

  • randomperson

    The title makes it sound that way.

  • tesseracts

    Whoa, tough crowd.

  • Heeman73

    Although you are clearly a man of opinions, try reading an article all the way before forming yours and you’ll possibly look like a fool less often. “Although modern in content, Delort‘s works remind us of such artists as
    Gustav Doré and even Albrecht Dürer who‘ve been advocating the
    noteworthy art of etching years past.” P.S. I love you.

  • Bright boy. Fancy you finding that when, obviously, no else could. But it’s besides the point. Read the article like an adult – as opposed to a pedant – and you’ll notice (with help, probably) that the whole tone of the article is that this is ‘new’, ‘startling’, ‘amazing’ and all the other superlatives lazy internet writers throw up (yes, I did mean throw up).

    THAT is the point I was making. Sorry if I didn’t talk down enough to make that clear. I’ll try to be more condescing next time.

    Thanks for stalking me, it’s flattering that I frighten you so much you daren’t use your own name.