View Full Version : Belated Christmas Gift - Scratchboard WIP

01-02-2013, 12:44 AM
Hi all!

This is a portrait of my best friend's Arabian, Jet. It was supposed to be a birthday present (in August :rolleyes:), but I got too busy with school and life to finish it in time, so now it's going to be a belated Christmas gift. No more delays :crossfingers:.

This is scratchboard 8.5x11". I've only done one other scratchboard piece and loved the medium. I'm finding this one to be a bit more of a challenge though, especially the mane, which I haven't started to tackle yet. I'm kind of dreading it.

Does anyone have any advice on how to render the mane?

C&C welcome


01-02-2013, 01:05 PM
Looking great so far :cat:

01-02-2013, 02:05 PM
Lovely detail work

01-02-2013, 07:48 PM
Wow, this is looking stunning! Can't wait to see updates. :)

Mark A Bufton
01-03-2013, 05:21 PM
This looks stunning :)


01-04-2013, 07:35 PM
This is beautiful and looks tedious, one stroke/cut at a time. Looks like you already did the mane and know what you have to do. Looking great so,far.

01-05-2013, 05:36 AM
Thanks everyone.

Nelvia, thank you! It is VERY tedious, which is partly why I have been putting off getting back to work. I haven't actually started on the mane yet. I've only drawn a few lines with chalk to outline the direction of the hair. I need to just suck it up and get back to work though b/c my deadline is fast approaching.

01-07-2013, 05:10 AM
I'm ashamed to admit it, but the last few days I haven't done anything. I finally put in a bit of time on this piece. I wish I could find some motivation 'cuz my deadline is tomorrow!

Anyways, here it is. Still a bit more to do on the neck, and I've hardly touched the mane.

01-07-2013, 07:00 PM
Finally finished! I'm not exactly pleased with the end product, especially the neck and mane on the left. I just decided that I needed to put it down and let it be called done, because I was afraid of over working it and ruining all my hard work. Plus my blade started getting really dull and I didn't want to buy a new one.

Comments and critique welcome!