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Narmada 2 by Heatherzart Narmada 2 by Heatherzart
24" x 24" x 2"
Scratchboard on Ampersand Wood Panel

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:iconcalvinrottenfox:
Critique by CalvinRottenFox Feb 10, 2010, 12:42:25 PM
First of might i say i am very inpresed by your work! the fur is ver exact andfine. just a few things that realy stood out to me and bothered me were the placeing of the lighting. see light bounces and reflects off objects you made it so that light is highlighting certin areas of her face and ears but you didnt realy have it "reflect" for exaple: you have alot of highlights around here eyes so perhaps it will reflect down the center her nose a little makeing certin patters in her fur noticable. anotherthing was that around her nose and ears her fur seems to be randomly placed, this may be because i work with dogs more but for most animals that have fur from the nose it spreads upwards and then fans out along there brow, perhaps looking at some diagrams will help you capture this idea. but over all your work is very impressive and exact, and is trumenously pleasing to the eye because it shows a great amount of motion makein this peice come alive. you are doing very well in your art and should definately keep to it!
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elentasa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Amazing
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Dupsbear Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Incredible feeling in this work.  I love the use of tonalities to show the texture.  Thanks for being an inspiration.
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
just wondeful
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navmun6485 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
nice
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susanjo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Again stunning!!
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:iconcolouredart:
ColouredArt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive!!!!!!!!! :)
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:iconceleste1528:
celeste1528 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful!! :heart:
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DeviantArtistK Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can NOT believe that this is a scratchboard!!! It's beyond amazing!!! How long did this take you? :wow: :wow:
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Nyra-HKf Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Amazinggg!!
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
very nice
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:iconamir-gallery:
amir-gallery Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Artist
please teach to me how can i make these master peaces...
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning work! I really like how this turned out. Such a powerful black and white image.
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully done. You can really feel the cat and the movement.
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WOOGA0325 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful! :heart: I can remember seeing a real white tiger, and they are massive! :D You sketched just perfect and showed how graceful they are. Wonderful job well done! :aww:
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emulcia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Sweet!!!!!!!
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:iconelizile:
elizile Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your attention to detail is so utterly mind-blowing.

How long does a piece like this typically take you??
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CianMcKenna Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really amazing. gorgeous, fantastic... blah, blah... I love it so much!
I love how u give all of this cats a "new" life. They're so realistic!
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Honeycorn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
the fur is amazing! so realistic!
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SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
I would love to know your process. Will you be doing any sort of step by step?
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I did a step by step with Billy but it's not great. I have to figure out how to make it presentable. My process is all over the place so it's hard for me to stop every so many hours and document what I did. But I love seeing the progress when other artists do it so one of these days I'll figure it out.
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ArtByMalloryMorsa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
This is so beautiful I want to cry. And on scratchboard! I have never seen such detailed and stunning work with the medium. :clap:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Check out my favorites on my profile page, there are some AMAZING scratchboard artists here on DA.
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SvdK92 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm loving this! :D
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
awwww, thanks!
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:iconcalvinrottenfox:
CalvinRottenFox Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Very beautiful sence of movement, excelent work!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - I'm glad you saw the others and not just number three!
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:iconcalvinrottenfox:
CalvinRottenFox Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
ha ha no probelm! whats the point in only admireing one peice of work?
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Autumnsoul1001 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
OMG! :iconbigheartplz: :+fav:
I just can't get how you do it! :hug:
It's just so good :jawdrop:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. There's a club now for scratchboard, some of the work in there will blow you away, waaaay better than mine [link]
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Autumnsoul1001 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Wow, there's some mind-blowing stuff there, but so is yours! :worship: You're like really, really amazing!! :wow: :hug:
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method2madness Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
I'm curious what do you sell the originals for? I'm guessing they are worth a lot...add a frame and it will go through the roof.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I haven't sold any yet, I just started doing the big ones around September last year and I haven't tried to find a venue for them yet. I want to have a good size collection first. But, my prices are as follows...the large scratchboards run anywhere between $800 to $1200 depending on the size. I haven't decided whether to frame them or stain the sides. The ampersand panels have a nice wood side and I like how they sit on the wall like a canvas but the downside to not framing is that they are very delicate - the corners can be damages sooooooooo easily. I may end up putting a simple black wooden frame on them which, yes, will be pretty costly because each piece is two inches deep. But I factor my average time to make it, material cost, framing cost (which I cut my own mats when I can and buy standard sized frames off the shelf for most - like my pastel pieces), and then I make sure to put in a little mark up. If these end up going to a gallery they will take half - it hurts but it's standard. They're paying for overhead, advertising and staffing their gsallery so most will take a 50% commission. And you can't have one price on your website and another higher price at the gallery. SO deciding where the majority of your work will eventually be sold will have a lot to do with what prices you set them at.

It's tricky trying to figure out just the right price. Your average art buyer doesn't have a clue how much time goes into one painting versus another. There are some pictures that will take me a week and others the same size I might be able to do in a day but YOU HAVE TO PRICE THEM THE SAME. Every professional in the art world will tell you this - pricing has to consistent across the board.
For me, personally, I shoot for an average of thirty dollars an hour. I'm not supporting myself by my art now - it's really a hobby but my goal is to some day do this full time and I have to establish my baseline pricing now. If I had to make a living from my art tomorrow, I need to make at least $30 so that's what I shoot from. And some pieces will make me more and others less - it's a delicate balance but in the end... I think it's a GREAT problem to have, right?

If you go to my website you can see my pricing page. I have things grouped by medium so that the prices can be consistent within each category. And I never sell permanent copywrite to my images, if I sell the original, I'll always have the right to reproduction. If someone wants permanent copywrite then the price goes way up.
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:iconmethod2madness:
method2madness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
A lot of good advice in there. I'll have to read it several times to let it all sink in though :P
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, be warned when you ask me for advice, I tend to ramble and digress. But I have a couple really successful mentors who have drilled the pricing thing into my head. In the end it's about managing your time in such a way that you actually MAKE money and don't work for slave wages. And remeber that you have to set a "perceived value" to your work. If you charge too little then people will think it's not worth anything, a higher price suggests more quality.
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Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow, your scrap board pictures are amazing!!! I love how detailed you get the fur, it's so stunning!!!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Your work is amazing too! I love your acrylic paintings.
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Novastar2486 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Stunning... Wonderful scratch board work I might have to give this medium another shot. As far as critiques go I don't think I can offer anything that would help this. Well done.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your kind words.
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Rebekah-Palmer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is my favourite of your scratchboards so far. The detail is just amazing! I didn't even know you could get this much detail out of scratchboard!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
What tools are you using? Ampersand has a line of tools that help you get a variety of textures. The best is actually a dental tool- it has five sharp prongs tightly fit together so with every stroke of your hand you get five fine lines. I use it for laying the intitial fur pattern, then I go back with my x-acto blade to scrape out the lighter areas for contrast.
The key is to go slow and be precise - as soon as you start to get bored - put the tool down and take it up at a later time. Also I do an extensive pencil sketch beforehand to lay out fur pattern. If you're going to do a detailed fur drawing in scratchboard, the direction has to be accurate because you can't hide the mistakes with shading. There's no fixing an error in this medium, it's tough to cover.
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Rebekah-Palmer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is very similar to the tool I've used [link] (couldn't find the exact one, it's really old). It's the only thing I've ever tried before, but I'm beginning to see that I've only hit the tip of the iceberg with scratchboard. The only things I know about it are what I learned in high school art class. ^^;
You're absolutely right, mistakes really can't be hidden. It's a very unforgiving medium...but it's just so much fun! :XD:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that's the tool that comes in the ampersand multi-pack but the tool I was talking about is silver [link] I tend to stay away from the one you sent me a link to because the scrapes you do with those end up being rather wide and deep and I'm a freak for the detail. If you go too deep right off the bat, the whole picture will be roughly the same tone and you lose the contrast. The smaller the intitial scrape, the more control you have to work up different areas.
Unfortunately you don't get a real good introduction to quality material in your average highschool art class. I was lucky enough to take graduate courses in science illustration as an undergrad at UCSC and the techniques they taught were SICK. I learned so many cool new techniques and tools, and the calibur of talent in the classes were like nothing I've ever encountered again.
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Rebekah-Palmer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
I will definitely have to order those tools! I've always wanted more control over the contrast and detail, but had no idea how to get it with the tool I had.
Yes, you're right, you don't really get the best intro to good materials in a typical high school art class. When I started working with scratchboard, no one I talked to other than that art teacher, had any idea what I was talking about, so that's pretty much as far as I went with it. ^^; That's why chatting with you has been a great learning experience. I didn't even know you could color scratchboard!
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Akerah Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Beautiful!!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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