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    Samples of scratchboard illustrations from when I was a student and starting out professionally.
When I began working as an illustrator in the early '90s, (sheesh, this guy is ancient!) highly detailed and realistic scratchboard was one of the styles I chose to work in. I enjoyed the craft, and at the time, I was wired for detail and accuracy. After several years I was ready to transition to simpler and less literal styles rendered with woodcut and digital media. Here are some samples of my earliest work.
This was one of the first scratchboard illustrations I did as a student in 1991.
This series of hot tub accessories was one of my first jobs as a pro.
My workspace consisted of a card table lit by a single hanging lightbulb. 
This moonlit harvest scene was commissioned for John Nilsen's 1993 album Night Garden.
Student project
Self promo piece
These are Jeld-Wen executives that I scratched out more recently.