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A Fine Line: Scratchboard Illustrations by Scott Mckowen
Contributor(s): McKowen, Scott (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1554074517     ISBN-13: 9781554074518
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: July 2009
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Annotation: A glorious celebration of the scratchboard art of Scott McKowen.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Scratchboard drawing.
BISAC Categories:
- Art | Individual Artists
- Art | Techniques
Dewey: 741.6/4092
LCCN: 2010291981
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.00" W x 1.00" (2.90 lbs) 206 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:

A glorious celebration of the scratchboard art of Scott McKowen.

Scratchboard artists use sharp instruments to scratch lines in areas of black ink on a prepared surface of hard chalk, exposing the white surface underneath. The finished drawings are then scanned, and the color is added digitally. The result is spectacular, similar to traditional woodcutting but in full color.

Scott McKowen is a renowned and prolific scratchboard artist and illustrator whose art has been featured in hundreds of books, magazines, theater posters and comic books. He may be best known for illustrating Neil Gamain's Marvel Comics series 1602 and the Unabridged Classics series.

"A Fine Line" is the artist's personal selection of 203 full-color and black-and-white reproductions. In a revealing twist on the traditional art book, McKowen gives a detailed analysis of each piece and describes what influenced his design. He even includes images of the reference works he consulted during the conceptual process and talks about the struggles he had arriving at a design solution.

Contributor Bio(s):

Scott McKowen is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. He and his wife live in Stratford, Ontario, where they operate a company specializing in design and illustration for the theater and performing arts.

Christopher Newton is an award-winning director and actor who was artistic director of the Shaw Festival from 1980 to 2002.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)
This collection showcases the career of McKowen, a scratchboard artist who designs theater posters and illustrates for books and magazines. Discussing his creative process and the influences behind some of his most successful images in straightforward language, McKowen explains how he tailors his theater posters to each director's individual vision; some of the most dazzling are designs for Macbeth, Chekhov's Three Sisters, and Shaw's Candida. In 2003, Sterling commissioned McKowen for a series of classic book reissues, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Alice in Wonderland. Those images, also included, manage to capture the depth and scope of epic stories in a single, precise, stunning image; in his introduction, director Christopher Newton aptly describes McKowen's style as "a lightness of heart which is not afraid to acknowledge the proximity of darkness." It isn't until the book's final section that McKowen gets specific about the scratchboard medium-"black ink covers the chalk surface, and lines are created by scraping through the black ink"-which allows for far more detail than other printmaking methods. McKowen goes on to explain recent technological developments in scratchboard, including the use of Photoshop for color, rather than ink. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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