I finally have a video of a drawing beginning to end - it condenses 19 hours down to 3 minutes so it goes pretty fast. Thank you to Cody Groom - an amazing videographer and photographer who produced and edited it for me. Visit my website heatherlara.com to view the video - also on youtube
I would love to hear your thoughts!
- Mood: Wow!
I didn´t know you can work on a scratchbook like this ... I mean that the colour hold onto the surface so well. Maybe the scratchbook in your country are different, I don´t know, but in my country they have a extremly smooth surface and all liquid roll off. It´s amazing to see that the colours can be added here without problem. I´m especially amazed that you have to redo the step of painting each hair so often again with every new layer (at least it looked like it, maybe I didn´t saw it correctly - it was so fast XD). The love for detail is always something to appreciate!
Thank you! Yes the board that I use is made by a company in Texas called Ampersand, it has a wood back so it is strong and you can scratch many layers into it. You can get it on-line at several art supply stores like dickblick.com and I know they ship internationally it can just be a little expensive. Another good brand is ESSDEE scraper board and it's made in UK so it may be easier and cheaper to get, it's on cardboard but it has a lovely surface. The color is put on with ink and as you scratch into the board - each layer of scratching takes on more ink. I do scratch many layers into my boards and I color as I go to get more depth. I love this medium, with a good product you can do so much with it.
Oh, that´s indeed really helpful! Thank you very much for sharing the brand names and explaining how you scratch the ink into the board! It´s a really intersting technique you use and defintivly worth all the work. The realism is stunning!
Wow, that's really amazing! If you allow a question: which colors did you use? Seems like colored pencils but also some acrylics? Especially for the white lightening up after the first use of color, cause I'm still struggling with that.
My main tool is an x-acto knife that I scratch away my surface to draw the picture then I add ink with a paintbrush and sometimes a paintbrush pen (filled with water but dipped in ink). I layer the ink and the scratches (always making sure the board is dry before I start scratching again). Every pass of ink darkens the picture and the scratching brings back my light areas.
Incredible, this is beautiful. Far better than anything I can do thus far. I applaud you
Thanks! I've been doing this a loooooong time. Practice makes perfect
Amazing to watch! That much have been hours and hours of labor!
:wow : Thanks so much for sharing this! The process of creating wonderful art is fascinating to me, it was a delight to see you in action and watch the work come to life.
Beautiful! Awesome background music too!
WOW! U good!
It looks so real! You are an amazing artist!
Thanks - it's fun for me to see my process sped up. I really jump all over the place.
I think your drawings are wonderful
WOAH. THIS IS REALLY AMAZING >O<C
Thanks a lot for sharing this! I've always wanted to see how you worked on these amazing pictures of yours
Thanks! Yeah it was interesting for me too - and knowing that I was being photographed made me more careful about the process.
You are amazing. I never knew one could to this with scratchboard, even add color to it like you did.
My compliments go to you, dear lady!
My compliments go to you, dear lady!
Thanks - yes scratchboard is such a great medium if you have patience. You can really do a lot with it.
Know I understand how you create the incredible depth in your paintings: layers, layers, layers… This was very nice to see, thank you so much for sharing!!!
Yes!! That's what I always say! You have to keep going over and over and over it. And then when you think you're done.... go over it again! hahahaha
this is soooo incredible to watch!! thanks to cody and especially you for making this!
I love this video! I imagine it must have been somewhat frustrating to do this work, since the camera and painting are always oriented to each other. I had imagined you turned the work so to make throwing longer lines easier (much as in inking for comics.) But do you always keep the work oriented one direction?
No definitely not - this was really hard to do without tossing the board all over the place. We took a picture every ten seconds so we needed the camera and picture to stay stationary. I had the lights and camera set up so that I could rotate 90 degrees around the table in one direction only when I had to. And he didn't put this in the video but when I had to do the whiskers I had to maneuver around and under equipment to get the right angle for it. Towards the last 4 hours I banged the table so many times that we had no idea if we were even close to where we should have been. We drew circles around the legs of the table and tripod on the floor to continually match things up. I had no idea how much work would go into such a thing and I think the $700 I paid Cody for the whole project was well worth it. He put a lot of work into it - as well as sitting with me for 2 long ten hour days! I've never felt so old trying to make conversation with a 20 year old! lol! But he's not only talented - he's really sweet too.
Gorgeous, as always! What do you use to go back and add color to your lines?
Thanks = I use diluted ink - koh-i-nohr is the brand but any pigment based ink will work. Ampersand even makes their own set of scratchboard ink.