The Trickster

I finally got around to doing a new scratchboard  piece! I’d had a couple of friends over for cocktails about a week ago and, while visiting my studio, one of them mentioned how much he liked one of my earlier scratchboard works. I opened up my closet and found a roughed out crow  already on a piece of board patiently waiting for my to take a blade to him. He actually appeared in an earlier post here.

For a change, I thought I’d just “wing” this one (har har) which is not my typical thang. I like to plan stuff out incessantly. Probably more than I should. So, I just started scratching away, with the idea of the mystical properties attributed to Ravens over the centuries by many different cultures floating around in the back of my head. I didn’t want to simply portray one specific legend but instead make a conglomeration of stuff.

Here’s what I came up with! He’s 5″ X 7″ and finished with a wash of blue. Caw!

Rich Powell

I'm an artist/illustrator residing in a small, North Carolina town. I worked for a few years as a conceptual artist and art director in the computer game industry but set off on my own to freelance. I currently do humorous illustration and cartoons for publications such as MAD Magazine and Highlights for Children.

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4 Responses

  1. Keith Sauer says:

    So cocktails lead to creativity? I’ll have to try that. Nice corvid, by the way.

  2. Jay King says:

    Great job! Brings Edgar Allen Poe to mind.

  3. jacquie says:

    Love this!

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