View Full Version : "Sibling Hearts" Ceramic & Scratchboard Series
05-28-2014, 08:06 PM
My brother is a ceramic artist and we've wanted to do a show together for a while. I came up with the idea for him to create sculptures that I would draw in scratchboard. We decided on hearts as the theme. We'll show them at the local Art Walk in August.
He's finished his 10 hearts and I just finished my first one. I'm not attempting to make my drawings look "ceramic", but I'm replicating/interpreting his designs - artistic license and judgment calls required!
The first one is "Burning Love". I'll post the rest as I finish my part of the deal.
All mine will be 5" x 5" black scratchboard, colored with Derwent Inktense.
His sculptures are wall hangings, about 6" x 6" each, I think.
My scratched version
The finished board
I didn't want to spend a ridiculous amount of time getting that heart to look smooth, so I painted one layer of ink, then scratched a spiral pattern on it. I put another layer of ink over the spirals. "Imperfect on purpose." It ended up looking kind of like a strawberry and I'm ok with that!
05-28-2014, 09:53 PM
hey, great concept! I hope you both do well!!!
05-29-2014, 07:32 AM
What fun! Some creative family time and hopefully moneymaker at the same time. These are quite lovely!
05-29-2014, 03:38 PM
This is a fun idea. Should be an interesting show.
05-29-2014, 10:44 PM
Great idea and very nice work! Good luck with your projects.
05-30-2014, 06:58 AM
Great idea and nicely done.
05-30-2014, 11:23 AM
I love this idea! Great work from both of you! I am eager to see more.
06-02-2014, 04:35 PM
Good ideas and good to work with your brother, I'm sure.
06-02-2014, 06:29 PM
Thanks, everyone for checking in and for your comments!
I need to get going on more hearts, but have a few other things on deck to clear off first.
06-18-2014, 04:28 PM
What a fun concept. I'm sure the public will love it.
06-20-2014, 08:08 PM
What a novel idea. I hope all goes well for you both.
06-21-2014, 12:15 AM
Thank you, TJ & Cynthia!
Here's the next one, scratched and ready for color, along with my brother's sculpture that he titled "Mary's Sacred Heart". He came up with all the designs and the titles. His sculpture is a little taller than shown here. I had to distort his photo a bit to make it fit my square format.
06-21-2014, 05:41 PM
Wow, looking great
06-24-2014, 01:43 AM
Nice work, wonderful to collaborate this way!
07-18-2014, 03:57 AM
Thanks, Netta & Cindy!
Here's another one, scratched, ready for color. I have a little more time to get these all finished. The venue I was trying to secure for the August Art Walk didn't work out, so we're pushing this back to the October Art Walk. Still working on a venue for that, although I have a different one in mind this time. Fingers crossed it'll work out.
The scratchboard is 5" x 5", my brother's sculpture is approx. 7" x 7"
07-18-2014, 10:39 AM
Excellent rendering and true to the original , Ann
07-18-2014, 03:43 PM
Thank you, Venkat!
I'm finding as I move through these, I have to make some judgment calls and adaptations, but overall, I'm trying to stick to what my brother has given me to work from.
08-30-2014, 10:38 PM
#4 in the series, scratched and ready for color
This is "Little Black Heart"
08-30-2014, 11:03 PM
09-04-2014, 11:05 PM
Here's another one. I'm going to color it next, since I want to use both versions of this one on our show postcard. The others can wait for color until I get a couple more in the series scratched.
09-04-2014, 11:52 PM
I like this one best. It will be dynamite when yours is colored.
09-08-2014, 11:49 PM
Here's the colored version of "Flora Heart"
09-09-2014, 02:17 AM
I knew it would look good!
09-09-2014, 09:36 PM
Thanks Sue! I'm happy with it.
I thought I'd share how I'm finishing these. I don't want to deal with the time or expense of framing, not even a float frame, so I'm mounting a Cheap Joe's 4" x 4" wood panel with a sawtooth hanger on the back of the 5" x 5" board. I painted the sides of the panels black with Sumi ink. The panels are about 3/4" thick.
I'm hitting the scratchboard heavy with Golden UVLS gloss varnish, so it has a really thick, shiny finish. It really makes the colors pop and will look nice paired with the glazed ceramic pieces. A happy accident happened with the first one - not surprisingly, a fuzzy or fingerprint, drip or something got on the background of Burning Heart during the spray process, so when I put on the next coat, I put it on heavy around the edges and took the blunt end of a paint brush and swirled patterns in the sealer while it was still wet.
I just sprayed Flora Heart and to replicate that effect, I sprayed the first two coats normally, and then the third one heavy so I had enough to "texturize" with the paint brush. I tried to focus on the all-black areas so I could get a good build up of spray there. Then when that was dry, I put on a final coat more carefully. I'm not putting the scribbles over the heart part of the board - just the background.
Here are various photos of the "framing" and the gloss surface:
09-12-2014, 03:38 PM
My brother put actual nails in his sculpture. I decided it wouldn't work to try and draw those, so my version is called "Nailed It (Almost)"
09-15-2014, 08:36 AM
Ann, your work is always stellar (no exception here) but I love your brother's work too. Wow!
09-16-2014, 11:51 PM
These are turning out SO nice! The wooden looking ones are my favorite, but they are all amazing.
09-17-2014, 02:15 AM
Thanks, Patrick & Lorna!
I don't really have a favorite yet, although the one I'm working on now is going to be a nice one. I've got it about half scratched. Then I'll have 3 more to scratch and 8 to color and assemble once those 3 are scratched.
I have to say, that while this is a fun project overall, I'm not really enjoying this method of scratching very much. I much prefer feathers, fur and stippling to "clear cutting".
09-17-2014, 08:16 AM
I think this bro&sis project brilliant. I'm not sure of a favorite. The thing is...you can scratch anything he can shape. He would be much more pressed to shape something you could scratch....
Side note: I have a lil clay project, I'm working on. It's fun!
09-20-2014, 12:16 AM
Thanks Rodman! I'm curious about your clay project. You'll have to share it with us when it's finished.
Here's another one, scratched and colored: "My Heart Has Wings"
09-20-2014, 12:59 AM
Love the new one Ann!
09-20-2014, 09:59 PM
NOW.... I have a favorite. Very cool!
Ok.... I'll post this clay THING in scratchy corner when I get it ready to have cast.
09-28-2014, 12:57 PM
Thanks Lorna & Rodman!
Here's "Eat Your Heart Out"
09-29-2014, 10:41 PM
"Solid Wood", final with color
09-30-2014, 07:25 AM
These have been fantastic to watch come together. I love the creative energy and how you turned the dreaded sealer into a bonus part of your work!
My brother works with steel and we collaborate from time to time. We usually end up with one thing, not multiples like this. Too cool!
09-30-2014, 09:02 AM
These are really cool pieces Ann! You have really represented the sculptures well in scratch!!
10-01-2014, 12:53 AM
Thanks, Ginger & Greg!
Getting down to the wire. One of my 10 will probably not be done in time, but I've decided to stop stressing and do what I can. I'll have the 10th one with me on Art Walk night as a demo piece and will get it done soon thereafter.
Here's "Little Black Heart"
I realized when I was signing this one that I forgot to sign "Solid Wood" - sure glad I hadn't sealed it yet!
10-01-2014, 07:53 PM
"Eat Your Heart Out"
10-03-2014, 04:13 AM
"Nailed It (Almost)"
"Mary's Sacred Heart"
10-04-2014, 04:00 AM
#9 of 10, "Mother Love Bone"
10-05-2014, 06:05 PM
Our show was featured in an article in our local paper today:
10-08-2014, 05:33 PM
I installed the show yesterday, the hearts are finally all together. Up until yesterday, I hadn't seen any of my brother's actual sculptures - I created my drawings from his photos. It was fun to unwrap them and see what they looked like in 3D! AND, I managed to get them all hung up without dropping any. I swear, I was petrified that I'd do something stupid and break one of his pieces.
Here are two photos:
These are hanging over the yogurt machines. The pair on the right is "Eat Your Heart Out", which I thought was appropropriate!
I'm still one heart shy - the one in the middle needs its mate. I'm working on it . . .
10-10-2014, 09:14 PM
Art Walk was last night and it went really well. Plenty of people came through, some just for yogurt, but many to look at the art. My brother and I had a great time hanging out together and explaining our creations and our process.
The bonus is that 7 pieces sold - 2 of mine, 5 of my brother's. They'll all stay up until the show closes in early December, so there won't be a bunch of blank spaces.
Here's the scratched version of the last one, "On Target". I'll get it colored, sealed and in its place next week.
10-11-2014, 03:22 PM
Ann, It seems like you had a pretty good time with this. You did a great job scratching the different textures. It's a very cool project.
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10-12-2014, 04:18 PM
Wow, the display looks great! And even greater is that you and your brother have sold a few. Congratulations!
10-14-2014, 01:31 AM
Thanks, Sue! It's especially nice to have sold some of the hearts, since Art Walks usually don't generate many sales (I know from past experience!).
Here's the final one!
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10-14-2014, 08:08 PM
OMG!! That was not intentional! Last night, every time I posted, I'd get an error message and then there was no post, so obviously, I tried a few more times. Thanks for making me look like a dork, WetCanvas! :eek:
10-14-2014, 11:40 PM
lolol, emphasis on your last one!
10-14-2014, 11:59 PM
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