Saturday, March 29, 2014

Horseshoe Crab Scratchboard Drawing

Horseshoe Crabs were a fascination of my childhood summers at Short Beach in Stratford, Connecticut. I used to find the cast-off shells, an inch and a half long to as large as eight inches, on the protected beaches adjacent to the mouth of the Housatonic River. The live adults would appear in the month of June, gathering to spawn. 

This is another scratchboard drawing, a small sketch of 4.25" x 5.5", on paper mounted on panel. It is unframed, and sealed with a spray fixative. I hope to do much larger drawings of the horseshoe crab, as the shells have such wonderful detail and subtle surface values.

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