Iso Ryoichi is an illustrator from Japan, doing mainly book covers and magazine illustrations. Ryoichi’s basic attitude towards painting is to create artworks that you would want to hang on a wall in your home. At first glance, his works look like xylographs, or etchings. He refer to his paintings as “scratch illustrations”, a result of his unique “drawing” method: initial pieces of works are usually done up in black and white. A cut pen is used to carve the works into a scratchboard. A first layer of gesso is added, followed by a second layer of black ink. The black surface is then scratched off to reveal a white gesso undercoat that will reflect light without any spectral colour separation.

www.h4.dion.ne.jp/~iso.r via www.startdrawing.org