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2008-02-19 20:39:32
A nice piece of work, but probably not done by a pen. It looks like the typical technique and craftsmanship of a scraper-board artist. Scraper-board used to be very common in the printing and advertising industries, even up to the mid-to-late 1960's. It was used for clearer printing of an image than the conventional half-tone, which often printed badly on poor quality newsprint. (Scraper-board was manufactured using a very thin film of ultra fine white plaster spread on the surface of hot-pressed cardboard. The artist would paint the surface black with Indian ink, on which he would draw or trace his image. Then he used a razor sharp cutting knife, with a needle point, to cut into the plaster, using a light pressure for fine white lines, or harder pressure for wider white lines. Highlight areas, for instance, would have wider white areas with very thin black lines, and shadow areas would have more black with few very thin white lines. And so the image was built up.