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Celebrity Scratchboard Art

Kent Barton Uses an Unusual Device to Create Detailed Illustrations

— May 27, 2011 — Pop Culture
Kent Barton is an artist with an inventive way of creating detailed images of celebrities and other iconic American figures and landmarks -- scratchboarding.

Scratchboarding is described as an artistic technique “where drawings are created using sharp knives and tools for etching into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with black india ink.” Kent Barton is a Wisconsin native who began his art career in 1964, following his graduation at the Layton School of Art. His scratchboard illustrations show a man with a keen eye for diverse elements of pop culture and history.

Some of his best scratchboard illustrations feature divergent subjects like Abraham Lincoln, jazz musicians, former 70s football star Alex Williams and a series of unidentifiable rappers who stand in front of a mural displaying Mobb Deep lyrics. The diversity of his subjects and the original nature of his artwork only serves to illustrate how remarkably talented Kent Barton is.
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