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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
 

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Sydghor Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   General Artist
simply amazing
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Sydghor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   General Artist
Your very welcome!!
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Pentragon1990 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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Pentragon1990 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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!
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Shaki2 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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BabyKichy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible, this is beautiful. Far better than anything I can do thus far. I applaud you 
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I've been doing this a loooooong time.  Practice makes perfect :)
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BabyKichy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, that's why I continue to practice.
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Alyarie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing to watch! That much have been hours and hours of labor!
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
: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.
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Wishheart01 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! Awesome background music too! 
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I know - the music is great.  Everything Cody does is perfect - he has a talent
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:iconenderdrew:
EnderDrew Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
WOW! U good! :wow:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, thanks
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FlutteringPinkFairy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks so real! You are an amazing artist!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - it's fun for me to see my process sped up.  I really jump all over the place.
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FlutteringPinkFairy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think your drawings are wonderful
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - you know my work is always evolving.  The most important thing is to keep working - you improve with each new piece.  Even if you aren't making a living at it you have to find time for it so you can continue to grow as an artist.
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FlutteringPinkFairy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's true.
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dapple-pie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOAH. THIS IS REALLY AMAZING >O<C
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing this! I've always wanted to see how you worked on these amazing pictures of yours :love:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Yeah it was interesting for me too - and knowing that I was being photographed made me more careful about the process.
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iytj Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
awesome!!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thx!
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iytj Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
you're most welcome!
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GiovyLoCa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are amazing. I never knew one could to this with scratchboard, even add color to it like you did. :clap:
My compliments go to you, dear lady! :bow:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - yes scratchboard is such a great medium if you have patience.  You can really do a lot with it.
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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!!!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
=D
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kookybat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is soooo incredible to watch!! thanks to cody and especially you for making this!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
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?
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ah, amazing stuff, then! I'd have gone bonkers without being able to turn the piece!
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GoWaterTribe Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, as always! What do you use to go back and add color to your lines?
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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GoWaterTribe Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate the info!
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silver-moonwolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student General Artist
What if I told you this was the most amazing speedpaint I have ever seen? :icondragonwant:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well that would be a wonderful compliment!  Thank you
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silver-moonwolf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
our very welcome :) <333
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