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Narmada 3 by Heatherzart Narmada 3 by Heatherzart
24" x 24" x 2"
Scratchboard on Ampersand Wood Panel

View the first two for the whole series and . I've uploaded a professional photo with more detail for closer viewing.

And she looks at me. My heart aches with how beautiful she is.
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Given 2010-02-10
Narmada 3, remarkably delicate and powerful scratchboard work from *Heatherzart. ( Suggested by Tepara and Featured by SRaffa )
Wow. I'm really impressed.
It would have been good if you told us about the tools you used to create this piece but if I'm not mistaken, this is traditional art. Furry animals are the hardest to make them look realistic but I think you've got each fur to have the perfect glow and every fold is really well-done!
The ears, the nuzzle, the patterns. I'd never guess it's a drawing. I can stare at this for a long time and the animal would still be breathtaking. I only wished there was more glow and life into the tiger(ess)'s eyes, but I think trying to find flaws in this is impossible so I'll leave it at that!

The rest of your gallery is equally amazing, I hope you keep up the great work! You'll become a star!
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susanjo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
So very realistic!!
ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Stunningly beautiful!!
Blueranyk Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! <3 You've captured the details perfectly.
wildartguy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! Great work! you really nailed this one! It's difficult to stand out with such a popular subject, but this does the job! Look at the intricacy and line of the whiskers and the delicacy of shading under the eyes. Sensational work!
Emathriel Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing, I love this type of art, must have taken some time to make? The patience I can not believe the patience behind things like these. I hope to becomme this good sometime, keep up the good work :)
amir-gallery Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Artist
it is so beautiful...
do you clarify about tools that you ese for it?
thank you so much...
TaniaAV Featured By Owner May 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Really beautiful :iconlove--plz:
AnAnswerDesired Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is wonderful, I fell in love the moment I saw it! I was wondering did you use a picture to begin from? I love scratchboard, but I have a hard time coming up with original ideas because I'm best at "copying" pictures.
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, it's my very favorite picture of all time. The Narmada series kickstarted my large scratchboard work and the first time I used an airbrush to color my board and boost shadows. I took the photos of Narmada myself and I think of her as my muse. I take most of the photos for the work I do now, and if I don't take the reference photo myself I purchase the rights to use someone else's. A lot of artists on DA will let you use their work if you promise to give them credit but if you plan on selling your art you should offer to purchase the rights so everyone benefits.
You've got a great start to your scratchboards, definitely have a good command of the medium. I'd love to see Gluttony in color!
I started off using picture books as references, the idea of taking my own pictures seemed too daunting and of course we didn't have digital in the olden days, so expensive too. Now it's so easy to take pictures and keep them all on your computer. And you've definitely got a good eye, the four in your gallery are beautiful ( I'd love to try the leaf and water drops in pastels). I started out with a big cat series so I focused on getting pictures of them, I made several trips to my local zoos and whenever I went out of town I'd try to visit a zoo wherever I went - I even visited two zoos while on my trip to Europe last year. I got to know the keepers wherever I went, they love to talk about their animals (and they love free prints of the artwork. (: ). It also helps to have a personal story behind the animals for me, it gives me inspiration and ideas for each new piece. I love spending the day at a zoo or animal sanctuary (taking a couple thousand pics) then going through them on the computer, looking through each one, deleting the misses, gasping at the happy surprises.
My advice to you is decide on a series like: flowers in sunlight, or leaves and water droplets, or birds, or domestic pets, or marbles and stones. Then spend a day or a week photographing everything you can find on the subject. After you've amassed several hundred (thousand?) pictures - I have a digital SLR that I put on continuous shutter release so my pictures multiply pretty rapidly - take a couple hours and look through your own photos and pull out your next five projects. When I let my camera do the work I come up with some of my best pieces.
AnAnswerDesired Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain! I would love to color Gluttony, but I have yet to find a good way to color scratchboard, do you have any suggestions? I've definitely been trying to get into photography more, right now I'm kind of dabbling in everything because I haven't found what I really love yet. One of my main problems is getting bored of a subject, series, or medium because if the art doesn't keep me interested I won't finish! A habit I'm trying to break... How do you get to know people like handlers and find out the stories of your subjects? I'm also low on funds and can't afford an expensive camera so I'm making do with a small sony digital camera whose original purpose was just for photos with friends. Thank you for taking the time to give out some great advice! I really appreciate it.
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