24" x 36"
Scratchboard and Ink
I used so many different tools to make the rock - mostly steel wool but then I tried lots of other things - cross hatch, scrubbing with a stiff brush, air brush, splattering the board. In the end I couldn't really tell you which technique won out over all but i think I got the general idea of a rock background.
This is Fru Fru who lives at the Rome Zoo in Italy. Though the only keeper I could find didn't speak a lick of english, I got this much - he was born at the zoo and he's 18. This bird landed while I snapped pictures and did a slow pan towards the tiger and then froze. It was great - the bird said - "oh shit!" and the tiger said "I really should eat you but I'm too tired". Then the bird flew away and that was that.
This is a MUCH better file, newly photographed and the colors are more accurate.