View Full Version : Oliver FINISHED

09-08-2014, 12:25 AM
This is the second scratchboard I will have done of my cat Oliver. He's been a part of my life for over ten years, and I adore him. He's brought me a lot of smiles and comfort over the years, and I couldn't resist doing another drawing of "my Boo". (By the way, that's why my username is Jennaboo. The "boo" part is inspired by my Ollie.) :)

This is 5x7, and so far, all I'm using is a #11 X-Acto knife.

C&C are welcome as I go along. Thanks for looking!


Here is my reference photo.


Harry Seymour
09-08-2014, 07:39 AM
Good beginning.

09-08-2014, 06:12 PM
Thanks Harry. :)

09-08-2014, 07:16 PM
Awwww, pretty kitty! Update frequently!

09-08-2014, 10:53 PM
Love him!

09-09-2014, 09:55 AM
Handsome boy and great photo... I bet this turns out wonderfully!

09-09-2014, 01:03 PM
Thanks so much Sue. I will. :)

Thank you, Sean! :)

Thanks Ginger. I appreciate it...and I hope you're right! :)

09-10-2014, 04:44 PM
A quick update on my Ollie. The eye is at an ugly stage, but I'm hoping with some more smoothness and subtle gradations, it will improve. I hope!:crossfingers: :)

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking.


09-12-2014, 02:41 PM
Here's a bit of progress; just making my way through the stripes of the forehead and the ears.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking. :)


09-19-2014, 07:12 AM
Looks really good so far Jenna. I like that you can move things (like the eye) with scratchboard and there won't be any evidence once it's done. It makes drawing so much easier compared to many mediums.

09-19-2014, 12:25 PM
A beautiful photo of Oliver to work from and your scratch work is doing him great justice.

09-29-2014, 01:31 AM
Hi everyone. Sorry I didn't reply to these nice comments sooner! It's been a busy time for me.

Thanks so much, Patrick! That is a beautiful feature of scratchboard, isn't it? It's surprisingly forgiving. :)

Thank you, TJ. That's so nice of you. :)

09-29-2014, 11:03 AM
Pretty cat. My Mom had a Boo (a cat) who made it to 21 and my board name Spikeaboo refers to my late African Grey parrot Spike, who called himself Spikeaboo or Spikeabooga. The African grey I have now is named Koumba and she calls herself KoumbabaBoo.

09-29-2014, 12:15 PM
Thanks Tina! Isn't it something how our pets become such members of our families? 21 is a ripe old age for a cat! I've seen African Grey parrots in videos and they are so smart! They must be a joy to have in the house. Thanks again for the comments. :)

fire angel
09-29-2014, 02:14 PM
You have a great start on this one!

10-01-2014, 11:04 AM
Thanks, Greg! I appreciate it. :)

10-09-2014, 03:03 PM
Well, I finally have an update to share on Ollie. It's been easy to put this drawing off lately. The ear has been tricky to get right. Also, I've been in more of a sculpture mood lately, I guess. Anyway, here is how this looks now.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!


A close up.


10-20-2014, 12:55 PM
Here's another update. Ugh, this feels like a serious ugly stage! The right eye is in place, and I am happy with how that's looking, but that left eye...yuck. I just can't seem to get it right. :rolleyes: This portrait is much more difficult than I anticipated. The good news is that I'll have learned a lot from this drawing! ;)

The nose is so-so...but I'm still working on it. The angle of Oliver's face keeps throwing me off. My eyes keep fighting my brain on what should go where. It's been something else, this challenge.

Anyway, C&C are greatly appreciated...especially at the moment, because this is looking pretty odd to my eyes.

Thank you for looking! :)


A close-up of the eyes and nose, none of which are finished quite yet.


10-23-2014, 11:15 AM
Here's another update. I'm feeling better about this now, and though the left eye may still need some minor changes, I've moved on to the rest of the face in the meantime so I don't get overly frustrated.

Those delicate layers of fur and the subtle stripe in Oliver's coat are such fun. I'm enjoying working on this again, which is a relief.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking. :)


10-26-2014, 10:07 PM
The head is now mostly in place, and I'm working my way down the neck. Those fur flakes are going to be fun! :)

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking.


10-26-2014, 10:54 PM
You are bringing him to life nicely!

10-27-2014, 01:08 PM
Thank you so much, Lynn! I appreciate it. :)

10-30-2014, 09:18 PM
I've now reached those luxurious layers of fur going down the neck and chest on Oliver. It's more complicated to keep all these layers straight than I expected...I'm just taking one chunk of fur at a time. :)

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!


10-30-2014, 11:53 PM
This is turning out soooo nice! You are doing a great job.

10-31-2014, 08:16 AM
Excellent rendering of fur texture

10-31-2014, 03:06 PM
Thanks very much, Sue. :)

Thanks, Venkat. It's been an interesting challenge with the fur, but a fun one. :)

11-06-2014, 11:43 AM
After really working on this the past few days, I think my portrait of Oliver is finished. The fur has been an interesting challenge, and a learning experience. The whiskers, of course, were a bit scary, but they did add the finishing touch.

I still welcome C&Cs, but I think I am ready to call this scratchboard finished. It has been fun, and I thank you all for following along and for the comments. :)

This was done using primarily a #11 X-Acto knife, with the addition of a blunter scratchboard tool for the thick whiskers.

Thanks for looking, and now, I ought to give Oliver a treat for posing so prettily for me. :cat: :heart:


Some close-ups.




Harry Seymour
11-06-2014, 12:22 PM
Jenna, beautiful finish and outstanding scratching.

11-06-2014, 03:59 PM
Oliver and you both deserve treats! Great work.

11-06-2014, 06:44 PM
Thank you so much, Harry. I appreciate it. :)

Thanks, Ginger. That's so nice of you to say. :)

11-09-2014, 02:43 AM
Very good job Jenna and beautiful model!

11-09-2014, 10:40 PM
Hi Robert. Thanks so much for the kind comments! :)