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Pombe 2 by Heatherzart Pombe 2 by Heatherzart
Pombe 2

24" x 36"
Scratchboard and Ink

Here is the second installation of my cheetah series. This is the first

Pombe means "beer" in swahili and it's the name of the cheetah I took pics of at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The color is a little richer with this one I think but the photo not as good. I sold this one before it finished so I was a little under the gun to get it done. Too much pressure man! I have a third in the series coming and it has two cheetahs snuggling, I'm really looking forward to that one.

As always your thoughts and suggestions are very welcome.
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:iconjosephhutchison:
josephhutchison Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Stunning work.
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WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work! :)
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwilliamjcovello:
WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Shadow-D-Keeper Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here [link] :D
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Glenn0o7 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   Photographer
Nice work.
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:love:
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sukibelle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
wow.. this is incredible, if you dont mind me asking, how is it achieved? the colour i mean, i thought scratchboard was generally silver underneath the black? this is mindblowing lol, beautiful beautiful gallery and you have such talent!<3
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:iconaml-abdullah:
AmL-Abdullah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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:iconembrymandre:
Embrymandre Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing! :)
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:iconkimz-214:
kimz-214 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
amazing!! :D
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful work! Such a beautiful creature, and shown off so well :)
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Gollorr Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
what exactly is Scratchboard and how is it done ?Rly interesting and awesome result too!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Scratchboard is a clay coated board (very thin) and is usually covered in a layer of ink - then you scratch away the ink to reveal the white beneath, the whole thing is done with a knife or blade. For the color I layer on an ink wash and then alternate coloring and scratching until I get it right. It's a long tedious process but worth it in the end if you have patience and don't rush yourself. I have a scratchboard gallery in my favs and there are some amazing pieces from artists here on DA - you should check it out.
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Gollorr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Thank you a lot for the reply. You really coudn't explain it better :) I'd love to check your gallery and fav but i didnt rly like the part about "patience and don't rush yourself" :D
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hey, you never know - once you start you might love it so much that the patience part just takes over!
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:icongollorr:
Gollorr Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Indeed :) Maybe i'll give it a try sometime :)
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Stitchy-Face Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
every look i just think its a photo this is so awesome!!!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks!
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Stitchy-Face Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
welcome!
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:iconashigaru:
ashigaru Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
So beautiful! Really, great detail and textures, and love the reflections in the eyes.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I delivered it to the new owners and they were so excited until we carried it upstairs to their "african" room - the spot over the fireplace was too small! I could tell they were really disappointed because everything in the room was perfect and it really would have fit perfectly. They put on a brave face and assured me they would find a wonderful place for it. It's interesting meeting the buyers.
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, can't fix *everything*, but I'm glad it went to a home with a perfect room for it! Truly stunning work deserves a showcase, and this is art that deserves to be showcased!
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whizzywhizzer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
wow looks great Heath........... very impressive work!!!
My scratchboards are on the way from the US thanks to you Heather, good on you mate, I owe you one =D
Can I ask where you get the ink from? is it dickblick also?
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! I can't wait to see what you do! I use Kohinohr inks that I ordered from dickblick but Ampersand also makes a colored ink set that is supposed to be comparable. I've seen calligraphy inks in craft stores that would work but they have to say "waterproof". The key to the ink is to really dilute them - any ink no mater how good or bad will leave a nasty film on the surface that creates a glare from an angle, matte fixative will help hide it but it's not always possible to cover it completely. And the nature of the pigments of ink is that it is very bright and unnatural but will muddy very quickly with successive layers. I scratched out the body of the cheetah 9 or 10 times layering the color in between - if I hadn't diluted the inks the bottom layers would turn to mud and then you're back to square one. I hope you bought some practice boards, it helps to try a small piece beginning to end to feel comfortable with the process. I find it extremely difficult to repair mistakes, you really need an airbrush to do it flawlessly. And for the black ink that I lay down on my white boards and use to repair the black boards is Speedball India Ink (waterproof).
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whizzywhizzer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
hey that's great info Heath, thanks mate :hug: Can I ask what you use to dilate the ink with though? yeah I think my first piece will be a small 11" x 14" in black & white first, and I'll start real soft I think till I get the feel of it............. I'm straining at the bit to get started lol.................what are you working on at the mo?
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry I've been away for a couple of days. I just use water to dilute the ink - I collect old egg cartons (plastic or styrofoam) and I fill each well with water then add drops of ink to make the colors I'm looking for. If you have some cheap watercolor paper on hand it's a good test surface to see if you have the right color. Less is always more with ink I've found and a little bit goes a long way. I hardly make a dent in the egg carton - I can use one for three projects at least. I have a long flat tupperware box that I seal the carton in between projects - because it's mostly water, evaporation is a problem.
I just finished another ocelot, I'm pretty excited about it. I'm going to post later on today. So what's your first subject going to be?
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whizzywhizzer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
hey that is great info Heath, thanks mate :hug: I'm excited to see your new work, awesome!!!! I have picked out a big fish to draw =D I figure no fur would be good fo a first attempt lol, & I'll keep this on just black & white..........
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GypsyH Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This took my breath away! It is absolutely beautiful. I am a big supporter of these cats.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010   Photographer
Another beautiful piece Heather, love the eye and paw coming forward on this one:)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks love!
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sinccolor Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow-inspiring!!!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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sinccolor Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
you're welcome!
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KittyHawks-Serenity Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Again an awesome work of yours. I am looking forward so much to see more Cheetah Artworks :aww:

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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Scopimera Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How does one make something like that on a scratchboard?
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I use colored inks diluted in water and I give the picture a wash in between scratches. I end up scratching the whole picture 5 or 6 times over as I put more and more layers of color on. Ampersand makes a hard board with a wooden backing so the medium can get wet where other cardboard brands can't.
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Amieku Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's what I wanna know! This is incredible!
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Calaymo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
wonderful!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcalaymo:
Calaymo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
welcome!
;)
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
Perfect!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
Your welcome :)
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maya-x Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! Stunning! It's just.. speechless! So much details, perfect lightning and colours! How do you do that?? What's the technique of Scratchboard?
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Scratchboard is a special board covered in a thin layer of clay and then you can paint on the surface what you want or it comes pre-inked in black (I use an airbrush to coat my surfaces solid black for the black and white images in my gallery and I use pre-inked boards for my color pieces). Then you scratch out your image using a sharp tool, I use an x-acto knife. When I add color I use very diluted inks to wash over what I've scratched, then I alternate scratching and washing until I get the right blend of color tones. Check out my favorites and you'll see a scratchboard gallery of other works here on DA - there are some really amazing ones.
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maya-x Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank for the reply! I will surely try this technique some day! :)
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