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Wildlife Artwork by Cristina Penescu

Outstanding realistic wildlife illustrations by Romanian artist Cristina Penescu.

“I work primarily in acrylics and scratchboard, alternating between the two as needed to realize my visions. Scratchboard is a little known medium made up of a 1/8″ masonite panel that is covered with smooth white clay and coated with a fine layer of india ink. I use a sharp knife to scratch every single detail and hair by hand.

A single scratchboard piece can be made up of tens of thousands of tiny scratches layered atop one another. Additionally, I airbrush thin coats of india ink back onto my boards before beginning the scratching phase all over again for a second time. This allows me to achieve additional tones that are not otherwise possible.”

via Paranoias Cristina Penescu’s website

Art Illustration Posted on December 1, 2011
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