View Full Version : "Show Goat" WIP

08-06-2014, 06:50 AM
I've only scanned two stages of this pygmy goat kid so far, but I'll share it as a brief WIP. I do plan to color it. It's a 6" x 6" board, scratched with a #16 X-Acto.

Here's the "all scratched" stage:

I've gone back with a technical pen to darken some areas. It looks rough, and has lost some of the fine detail at this point, but it needed more contrast and depth. I'll come back in and scratch the "blotchy" areas to blend them.


A detail of each stage:



And yes, it IS 3:40 in in the morning here. I couldn't sleep :(

08-06-2014, 07:20 AM
You do well with your extra time. Sorry you couldn't sleep, but I really am liking the play of light and shadow on this cutie!

08-06-2014, 07:37 AM
Thanks, Ginger!

I'm not sure this one really needs color, but the goat is chocolate brown with white muzzle and ears, and an amber eye, so I think the color will add to the cute factor.

08-06-2014, 08:15 AM
Looking good! Seeing how you use the technical pen is interesting. Thanks.

08-06-2014, 02:17 PM
I love goats. They are such characters! This is beautiful!

08-06-2014, 03:22 PM
Thank you, Sande & Jenna!

Sande, for me, the tech pen step allows me to be a little less meticulous in my first round of scratching. I'm careful, of course, but I don't like having to worry about being super careful during the initial pass. I know I can bring back areas I've made too light. I think that would sound crazy to anyone who hasn't worked in scratchboard - it's ALL meticulous :eek: One of the things I love about a good quality board - that it's forgiving!

08-06-2014, 04:03 PM
Wow, glad to see someone else has trouble sleeping! lolol. Great job on this little guy.

How do you mount this? Or do you sell them without any framing/mounting and let the people decide what they want to do with it?

08-06-2014, 05:35 PM
Thanks Sue!

I'll put this guy in a float frame. One of the frame shops I use has float frame mouldings, so I had them make up a bunch of 5 x 5, 6 x 6 and 5 x 7 frames for me.

Diane Cutter
08-07-2014, 10:01 AM
Really nice details in this little guy... Great idea with the float frame. I'd love to see it once it's done up, frame and all.

08-07-2014, 12:43 PM
Nice WIP & Work.

08-07-2014, 04:24 PM
I would love to see the framed works too.

08-07-2014, 07:08 PM
Thanks, Diane & Rod!

Here are some photos of a different board that I framed the same way I'll frame this goat. This was a 5" x 5", I used a sawtooth hanger, but I'll use d-rings & wire for the goat, since it's going a show and shows want things wired. The dog was a commission, so the type of hanger wasn't an issue and they actually have this piece sitting on a shelf. The frame is deep enough and small enough that it can stand on its own.




Diane Cutter
08-07-2014, 07:19 PM
That looks super, Ann...

08-07-2014, 07:49 PM
Love it!

08-08-2014, 09:27 PM
Thanks, Diane & Ginger!

Almost finished - here's the first pass with color. I over-painted in some of the white areas, so I could put white hairs over the brown. He still needs eyelashes, but I want to make the eye color a little richer first.

Between the last stage and this one, I did some back & forth with scratching & inking to blend things before I added the color.


08-10-2014, 12:53 AM
Love how this is turning out, Ann! I like the color better than the b/w.

Thanks for showing the back of the frame as I wondered how it was held in place. Great idea for these small boards!

08-10-2014, 01:40 AM
Thanks Sue!
I think the color just kicks it up a notch.

I use E6000 adhesive to glue the board to the offset clips. I Have to admit, I'm not totally thrilled with doing something that permanent to a board, but if someone really wanted to reframe it, I'm pretty sure the board could be carefully removed.

Here's the finished goat.


And a detail of the same area previously posted.


08-10-2014, 10:12 PM
Love it!

08-10-2014, 10:51 PM
I wish I could see this one in person. It turned out great.

08-12-2014, 04:01 AM
Thanks, Sue & Russ!

08-12-2014, 06:32 AM
An outstanding work of yours, Ann. Typical look In the eye .

Harry Seymour
08-17-2014, 06:00 PM
Great progress on this wonderful piece.

Diana Lee
08-19-2014, 11:33 AM
Wonderful! You are so good with the subtlety of color! And then make that eye pop!:clap:


08-19-2014, 02:52 PM
Thank you, Venkat, Harry & Diana!

I even managed to spray it without too much trauma/drama :D
Now I need to frame it.

It will debut at a 2-day art show this weekend - "Animal Kingdom", in conjunction with "Woofstock" on Sunday. Woofstock, is all about dogs (fun run, vendors, dachshund races, etc.) and it's a really fun event. The art show is put on by the local art organization in the city and it's in the community center in the same park as Woofstock. A few of us (members of the art group) will also be there with additional work. Of course, I'll be demoing scratchboard too!

08-19-2014, 03:37 PM
Crossed paws and fingers for great success!

08-20-2014, 12:44 PM
Nice finish Ann, the ear is very 3-D for my eye.

08-20-2014, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the crossed paws & fingers, Ginger!

Thanks Rodman! The ear is a favorite part on this drawing and I felt like I captured the dimension, so I'm glad you noticed.

08-27-2014, 08:02 PM
He's is very nice Ann. Only what I would expect of your work of course. Hope the show went well.

08-31-2014, 02:43 PM
A wonderful finish and this little feller will look grand in that frame.