Artist Uses Pen, Ink, and Scratchboard to Create Delightfully Distorted Portraits

Artist Uses Pen, Ink, and Scratchboard to Create Delightfully Distorted Portraits


Annette Giaco is the artist behind these delightfully distorted portraits. They may be slightly twisted, but do not lose any of the original expression and personality. In fact, the portraits seem to be far more expressive than traditional realism can offer. Annette uses a unique method entitled “Scratten” which she describes as “not quite pen and ink, not quite scratchboard”. Below you will find a selection of our favorites from Annette. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we do. It’s fabulous work.

“I read somewhere that disfigured drawings of the human form are often interpreted as an artists individual expression of frustration, anger or fear. I draw from an ongoing narrative in my head based on old family photos and stories. And while I admit that I have distorted those images, almost beyond recognition, the intent is not centered in fear or anger, but a need to express what I see in their eyes and facial expressions. I find a great deal of peace in the narrative and the form it takes on a clay-coated surface using inks, liquid graphite and acrylics. But the truth is, ‘they’ make me laugh.” – Annette Giaco

© Annette Giaco

© Annette Giaco

© Annette Giaco

© Annette Giaco

© Annette Giaco

© Annette Giaco

© Annette Giaco

© Annette Giaco

Artwork © Annette Giaco // agiacoart.com / Facebook