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!
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!
EmathrielFeatured By OwnerMay 13, 2012Professional 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
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.
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.
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.
You sound a lot like me actually. I get bored quickly and like to try new stuff, but once I hit large scratchboard and pastels they caught me. Now there just isn't time to do all the things I want to. You've got some great shots for a little Sony digital, keep checking craigs list for a cheap SLR - Costco was selling the D40x kit for a while and I bet there are a bunch of them for sale now for a song. As for coloring - be prepared to scratch more, it's never as simple as just coloring after you're done. I use Koh-I-Nohr inks ( cyan, magenta, green, yellow, orange, sepia, burnt sienna and raw sienna). The green orange and browns are redundant because ink mixes really true to classic color rules but I like the simplicity of having them on hand. Ampersand makes a nice ink set and it's really affordable too. And these will last a loooooong time- I just barely ran out of cyan and it's been two years since I bought it. Make sure that you wipe your board thoroughly to get all the dust out of the cracks otherwise you'll get muddy color. Dilute your ink ( I used plastic or styrofoam egg cartons to start. Fill each well with water then put five to ten drops of ink in each one until you feel like you have the right color blend. Practice your colors on a piece or watercolor paper or even just some paper towels - you'll find it dries quite different from wet and that will help you figure out if you have the right color mix. Layering ink can be frustrating - your instinct is to put it on full strength and see that bright color but two things happen - you get a nasty film on the board that reflects light and your colors quickly become too bright and then they muddy up. By being patient and slowly layering ( and continue to scratch out light areas) your color will build naturally and you'll have nice gradients from light to dark areas. No matter how diluted you go, you'll still see some reflective film but that will cover up with a spray fixative in the end. I use a workable matte fixative - krylon is readily available - permanent fixative can ruin your board if it clogs and splatters and you won't be able to make last minute changes if you need to. I can spray the workable fixative and then go back in and lay more color and scratch again if I need to. I can't tell you how many times I layer layer layer and then realize - crap! The whole thing is too dark then I have to scratch it all out and the whole thing is too light! Ink is a medium that takes patience and practice and it absolutely tests your board to it's max. Scratch light so you can do successive layers on your board, scratch too hard and you'll hit wood and you're done. Sally Maxwell has pioneered colored scratchboard and actually works with ampersand. She has several tutorial kits that walk you through the process from blank board to finished colored piece, and on a variety of subjects so there's bound to be one that interests you. They're small and pretty cheap I think (under$20?). If you don't want to do that I recommend a practice board - test your colors, scratch through them, look at your board in different light and you'll see the range of color that you get. And always let your board dry completely before you scratch otherwise you can ruin the surface. Ok - that's all I can think of. Good luck and send me notes if you need help or have questions.
Thank you so much! I can't even express how grateful I am for all you're help! Thank you for taking your time to help me out. I'm going to try out the ink method I think, wish me luck, and thanks so much again!
Your skill, technique and attention to detail .. I'm at a loss for words at how magnificent your works of art are and how skillfully you bring your pictures to life. You're amazing.. This world really opens my eyes sometimes ^^ Really beautiful work, all three of them are so precious. Your whole gallery deserves it's own museum.
Mxlove...It's scratchboard not a drawing it's 100x harder than drawing you take board covered in black ink and you scratch the picture to reveal right you scrtch a little hard one time and the piece is ruined. Incredible piece!!! Really my deviant ID is a scratch board self portrait.
Go to ampersandart.com and look at the scratchbord section. It talks about their boards, where you can find them and what tools you can buy. Scratchboard is all about experimentation - trying out the tools, creating different textures on a practice board and deciding what you're most comfortable doing. I bet you'd be great - your lion would make a good test subject to start but your portraits are so beautiful, I bet you could really master it in scratchboard. I have some examples in my favorites of people drawn in scratchboard.