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April 24, 2012
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Better Light
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Model Super6k
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Date Taken
Jul 12, 2012, 12:06:48 PM
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Macintosh
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Gotcha! by Heatherzart Gotcha! by Heatherzart
Scratchboard and Ink
12" x 36"

The first of my black and whites for the San Diego County Fair. A challenge to be sure - motion, water, feathers. I used my dremel for the water which was really cool. It saved me a LOT of time and I'll definitely use it again! It was nerve wracking trying not to dig too deep with the tool but it made the swirls and dots of the water go quickly.
I photographed a group of these birds on a beach in Santa Cruz last year - they were running in and out of the surf catching something that I swear had four legs. Turtles?? they were tan and slimy looking but really small and tough to see in the best of my pictures. This was my favorite shot of the day.
Here is a close-up shot
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Beautiful work. I really love the aspect ratio and the negative space. It's great with the white bird on such a solid black background. The legs are my favorite part. It really shows the motion of the bird going in for the kill. The splashes add to the effect. The feathers, especially the ones on the right leg are nice. It's a little unorthodox to have it positioned so far left but it works here. It's almost like a photographer trying to catch fast action.
I do wish I could see what is in the beak a little better - it is titled "Gotcha!" after all. I'm sure that is just a product of the smaller size.
The only thing I would change is in the lower right. The foam seems like the same shape repeated. It would be nice if it was more random and broken up. Maybe some bigger clumps and smaller thin areas. Also the smaller foam flecks on the sand don't seem to be sitting on the sand, more like floating above it. I'm not exactly sure what to do about it - just an observation.
I would love to see it in all it's 12" x 36" glory. I'm sure I'm missing a lot of beautiful detail. Great job!
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Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Beautiful as always. The wave breaking on the sand is pure genius.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sooo dynamic and gorgeous O_O The detail is amazing.
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whynot38 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have never done scratchboard but I hear it is pretty difficult and this is AMAZING. I love the detail you were able to achieve.
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C-S-Marcy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! :wave: you're beautiful piece of art has been featured here [link] :heart:
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JustABeautifulDream Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I love this one! There is a lot of energy and the feathers and the waves look incredibel!!!
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
really beautiful!!:love:
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whitekratoswolf Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! I definitely want to try something like this now! You give me so much inspiration! But! It'll have to wait until after graduation. :)
The lighting is gorgeous and the lines are so clean! How do you make it so smooth?!
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Heliocyan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I really love the light feathers on the black background. Gorgeous, I love this! :heart:
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Ileina Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Whoa! This is great! :love:
I really love it!! :la:
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was a photograph. O.O Beautiful work!
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