Dead Leaf

Dead Leaf, Scratchboard, Interior illustration

About this artwork


Scratchboard art leaf / illustration 11″ x 14″


One of my favorite memories from growing up was watching leaves change color and fall slowly to the ground. I was often amazed that there were always a couple leaves that managed to hold on. they where clearly dead, but just wouldn’t fall. When you look at the leaf it has holes, and has wrinkled and warped as it dried out. Insects eat it, or walk over it. there are parts that start to wear thin and become almost transparent.

When working on this piece I thought about all those things, and tried to capture that feeling. I was also thinking about how lonely it feels to see just one leaf on a tree. I imagine that the leaf is on the verge of finally falling, joining all the other leaves on the ground and enjoying it’s moment of solitude before it does.

The Process

Each scratchboard starts off completely black and an exacto blade is used to make small scratches in the surface revealing the white clay layer. Colored inks are then used to add color to the white clay surface. Once the color is added an additional layer of scratching creates highlights in the colored drawing. Once complete the scratchboards are sealed to protect them from UV light and make them more resistant to damage.

About the Artist

Robert Vander Voord has been working with scratchboard for over 10 years. He started as an artist focusing more on painting but fell in love with scratchboard as a medium. He often focuses on science and science-fiction themes in his work.