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Mark Summers: The Man Behind the Iconic Barnes & Noble Author Portraits


Edgar Allan Poe

You've probably seen the wonderful portraits of famous authors at your local Barnes & Noble. Ever wonder who made them and how? Behance spoke with the man behind the pictures, scratchboard artist Mark Summers:

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I work in scratchboard so, all of these portraits started off as a square of black. I use an X-acto knife to scratch the white lines into the black, giving it an engraved look. There have been questions sent to me about if I have used “plug ins” and “filters” etc. and I have no idea what they are talking about. These are all hand drawn with zero use of computer. The original drawings are surprisingly small. If you look at the head of the Marcel Proust, that’s about 2 and a half inches high. The same goes for most of them.


Walt Whitman


Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


Leo Tolstoy


Jules Verne


Virginia Woolf


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