View Full Version : "Grassland Grace" - Sandhill Crane

10-21-2014, 09:54 PM
5" x 5"
The bird was scratched with a #16 X-Acto, the background bits with a tattoo needle, then I came back & stippled with a tech pen. I tried the Ampersand inks for the first time with this board. I used a diluted wash of the black repair ink over the background areas.

I have mixed feelings about the Ampersand inks. I like the way they don't leave a haze on the unscratched black areas, but it takes more time to mix the color I want with the limited colors, as opposed to all the colors available with the Inktense. The Ampersand inks also dry on my palette, unlike the Inktense, which I can re-wet during a coloring session. Still, I'll try the Ampersand inks again, I'll have to remember to mix it in little containers, so I have some for touch ups.

This board's going to the art show at the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival next month (www.cranefestival.com (http://www.cranefestival.com)) along with a couple of photo entries. I sent a much larger board last year, but to maintain my sanity, I stuck with something in my normal size range this time :rolleyes:. Last year's 9" x 12" beast is here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1331302

Here's the WIP, including a detail. I didn't scan many stages on this one.


The "all scratched" stage


Not much difference between the one above and the final below, some scratching of the color in a few spots, that's about it.



10-22-2014, 10:00 AM
Great going Ann. The drop shadow selling this, to my eye.

10-22-2014, 03:13 PM
Thanks Rod! I like that shadow too - it adds dimension. It's really solid in the ref photo, which I didn't like, so I put a little bit of scratching in it. Same thing with the bottom of the bird's neck.

Harry Seymour
10-22-2014, 09:45 PM
A lovely piece.

10-23-2014, 11:13 AM
This is beautiful! I love the graceful curve of the neck. Good luck at the show, Ann! :)

10-24-2014, 09:46 AM
Wow, what a great piece Ann!

10-26-2014, 10:55 PM
Holy cow Ann! He is amazing.

10-27-2014, 12:59 AM
Thank you, Harry, Melissa, Jenna & Lynn!

10-29-2014, 01:51 PM
Quite lovely.

10-30-2014, 03:30 AM
Damn you are good girl!!

10-31-2014, 09:26 AM
Superb . Excellent finish with subtle coloring

11-01-2014, 03:32 AM
Thanks, TJ, Patrick & Venkat!!