Thursday, September 24, 2009

Coquille Board


I've been doing some pieces with Coquille Board lately. The piece above is a detail of a work in progress. Coquille Board is a type of board (paper) that has a very unique, textured surface. One big advantage of Coquille Board is that it makes pencil rendering go much faster and also lends itself to strong, rich, dark areas without a lot of layers. The surface is a very uniform pepply texture. I had tried Coquille Board years ago but was using colored pencil. I found that I preferred other papers for color - papers that I could apply an underpainting to. It wasn't until fairly recently that I became interested in building a few portfolio pieces in black and white. Not just black line, as I'd done a lot of in the past, but more atmospheric rendered pieces. My pal Judith Moffatt suggested Coquille Board. I'd actually sort of forgotten about it! But, immediately decided that I should give it another try!

6 comments:

Laura Jacobsen said...

I used to you Coquille all the time in art school-thanks for reminding me! I love your robot piece :->

Sharon Vargo said...

Marion I love your art on the Coquille board! I used it for years
(pen& ink/acrylic) until the art supply store stopped caring it.
Are you ordering it online?

Marion Eldridge said...

Thank you, Laura and Sharon! I'm ordering online, Sharon from a place called Hyatts. Not sure that I can do a hot link here, but there's one in the post, if you scroll down. (At least, it should be hot!) If you have any trouble, let me know!

Stephen Aitken said...

Lovely Marion, such atmosphere. Thanks for posting.

JS said...

Coquille Board was the mainstay of pulp magazine illustrators. Here's an example of a Lawrence Sterne Stevens illustration (probably from FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES)You'll note that he did some of the forms with pen-and-in line work, then used litho crayon on the board to put in the rest of the tone. http://tiny.cc/v5nor

Marion Eldridge said...

Thanks for the link, JS. Interesting to see Coquille Board used that way.