Wednesday, 17 November 2010


After noticing their nest earlier in the year, I haven't seen much of the Tree-creepers - but over the last few days they have been scampering around the trunk of a tree outside the workshop and flitting back and forth with a group of Blue and Long Tailed Tits.  It reminded me that I had done sketches previously, and combined with these sightings, thought I might have enough for a drawing. 

Rather than pencil this time, I have attempted a scraperboard (it is a sort of carving!), although I have been a bit heavy-handed in places.

This bird has such a determined expression and sort of primitive look, I think, with hooked beak and long, long curved claws - so the aim in the next board is hopefully  to bring these characteristics into sharper focus.


  1. Wow, I love your scraperboard artworks. I am in the very early days of learning to draw on scraperboard but I absolutely love the impression of linocut/woodcut that you can get from the medium. I love Charles Tunnicliffe's work too. Could you tell me what kind of board you are using and where you get it from? I am having a bit of difficulty getting decent quality boards. The ones sold as "hobby" boards are not very good quality. Cathy


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