View Full Version : Cat closeup - scratch art

09-16-2003, 05:27 AM
Hi all,

I got itchy again and had to scratch!!

This is a friend's cat that I managed to get a great closeup shot of. What you see is all there is.

It's 5 X 7 on clayboard black and took about 20 hours.


09-16-2003, 06:32 AM
Lorna, this is awesome! I can almost feel how soft he is from here. Is he a Blue Russian?

09-16-2003, 07:37 AM
Man oh MAN, Lorna! Bob's gonna be ecstatic! :D Please, keep scratching those itches... Go find some mosquitos... ^-^

09-16-2003, 08:50 AM

That was the sound of my socks getting blown off - this is superb

09-16-2003, 09:42 AM
Wow! That's all I can think of to say. (Coffee hasn't kicked in yet, but this is fantastic!)


09-16-2003, 09:45 AM
Bob bows to the scratch queen!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Lorna...this is just fantastic!!! The eyes and fur pattern are just wonderful. The bar has been raised once again!! Lorna, I am just tickled to see you doing these and each one gets better and better.


Bob Holland
09-16-2003, 11:41 AM
Can't find the words because it's BREATHTAKING! It is truly amazing. If only I could get my oil painted fur to look even a tenth as realistic as that. You have a true gift Lorna - Well done! (I'm off to burn my canvasses and easel now) :clap: :clap: :clap:


09-16-2003, 01:19 PM
Looks amazing, Lorna - looks as sof as a bunny & the eyes r WONDERFUL!!! What a beautiful cat!:clap: :clap: :cat:

09-16-2003, 02:39 PM
It is a wonderful rendering! I am not that familiar with scratch art. What type of board and scratching tools are you using? and how long does it takes you to finish a work?

Thank you.


09-16-2003, 04:57 PM
Wow, thanks everybody!:o

Bob (Myorca) Thankyou so much! Coming from the "King" it really means a lot!!

Bob(Holland) Don't you dare!! lol Thank you!

Impetous, I really don't know the breed. I don't think it's a purebred, though.....it's a farm cat.

Meloncollie, Ceiliog, Monica, thankyou for your kind and funny comments!

Yoyita, scratchboard is done on a couple of different materials, I use clayboard black, which personally, I think is the best. It's a board (like masonite)covered in white clay and then covered again with india ink. It can be found at art supply stores already to scratch. You scratch off the ink to make the white appear. To scratch, there are special tools you can buy, depending on what you want to do. I have found, for me, the exacto knife (the backside point), is the best. I find I have more control. Beware! You go through a ton of blades, though! I know Myorca uses a needle/pin point. I have used some of the special tools for scratchboard, such as the fibre glass tool, which I used on this cat, around the edges, for the softer look. Have to be careful with that one as tiny pieces can come off and make you itch! I used an eraser on the nose of this one and found it worked quite well for just taking a little of the ink off and looking smooth.

This piece as I mentioned took about 20 hours, but one I did (the Elephants) took over 200hours and I know Myorca has some he has spent over 400 hrs on. It depends on how big it is and how much detail you want. You can find out more at www.ampersand.com They make and sell the boards and tools and have good tips and such at the site. Hope that helps!

Thanks again everyone, for looking and your lovely compliments!

09-16-2003, 05:41 PM
Looks wonderful, Lorna! Aww, cute kitty! :clap:

09-16-2003, 08:11 PM
the refelction in the eye is fantastic !!! and the rest too... keep scratchin!

09-16-2003, 09:09 PM
Lorna, this is just incredible! Like the others, I also say, "keep on scratchin'!"

09-17-2003, 02:38 AM
Thankyou crazyjumper, Sara and Caterwallin!! I'm glad you like it.

I do plan to keep on scratching, but my next project is a people one, not animal. I can hardly wait to start!!

09-17-2003, 03:16 AM
I am not getting bty this forum as much as I like lately, but I am sure glad that I did tonight. This is wonderful Lorna!!


09-17-2003, 04:54 PM
Hi and thankyou Heather! Glad you came for a visit!

09-17-2003, 06:22 PM
This is simply gorgeous, like everyone said, the eyes and fur are fantastic. I'm inspired to try this medium, I wonder if I'd have the patience. I used to do a lot of pen and ink in stipples, I guess it would be similar, time wise.

09-17-2003, 09:00 PM
Wow!! Just gorgeous!!! Like Frank, now I'm thinking I would like to try this medium again. I haven't done scratchboard in so long. Like at least 25 years

The eyes are just, well, fabulous!

Awesome work! :clap: :clap:

09-18-2003, 03:39 AM
Hi Frank and Kimo,

Thanks for looking and your very nice comments.

Frank, I would guess it would require as much patience as stippling, but I have never done that, so I'm not sure. Scratch isn't too difficult to learn, but it certainly requires patience!!

Kimo, I never even heard of scratch 25 years ago, but when I first saw it here in Jan. I knew I just had to try it! (and in case you're wondering, I am more than old enough to have heard of it way back...just didn't)http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2003/11613-lol.gif

By the way, I just started my new one, but I will be posting it in the "Portraits" forum, seeing as how it's not a critter. I decided to do a work in progress. It will be called "Joseph -scratch portrait" I'm on my way there now.

Thanks again.

09-18-2003, 08:33 AM
Lorna this cat is GORGEOUS!!! And I looked at your scratch art gallery on your site, too - WOW!

Seriously impressive work!


09-19-2003, 12:41 PM
I heard someone was doing scratch board over here and came to take a look. Wow! This is just too wonderful.

09-21-2003, 05:18 AM
Leanne, thankyou for taking the time to check out my website and for your generous comments.

Carrie, thanks for taking the time to 'comeover' to look and your lovely comment.

09-21-2003, 02:09 PM
oh god that pic is scary.:eek: that eye is just amasing, its just an increadable picture, great work!!!!:clap: :clap:


09-21-2003, 08:25 PM
Lorna..you could easily pet that painting!!

09-21-2003, 11:00 PM
This kitty is so beautiful that it makes me want to try scratch art. I am going to try it, but I know I won't be as good as you! I am really impressed. I especially like the reflection in the eye. Hugs, Lorraine

Paul Hopkinson
10-03-2003, 07:46 AM
WOW! this is superb Lorna. You have a real talent with this scratchy stuff!

Well done


Alan Cross
10-03-2003, 02:04 PM
Outstanding work....
Alan :)

10-03-2003, 03:56 PM
k9, Lorraine, Alan, rewston and Paul,http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2003/11613-033102thanx_1_prv.gif, for your compliments!

10-03-2003, 05:17 PM
Hi Lorna12,

I have never seen a cat like this! Don't know the right word for this fantastic job. Gorgeous, magnificent, wonderful or something like this.:clap: :clap: :clap:

10-04-2003, 05:10 AM

Thankyou so much for looking and all those kind words!!

Lady Rando
10-04-2003, 09:45 AM
Wow .......... just .......... Wow