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Misted-Dream
01-04-2015, 12:25 PM
Good morning everyone! It's been a while since I've posted anything here, but haven't had much time to make any scratchboards until now. I'm super excited about this one, though, and I love where it's going. I was intending this to be an 11" X 14", but realized I didn't have that size, so it's now a 14" X 18" (the biggest scratchboard I've done to date). I started it yesterday and after 11 hours of working on it (yes, I know, that's a bit crazy for one day), this is where it's at today. I'm using my own refs for this one. Thanks for looking!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2015/361261-whitearabianwip1.jpg

Obedec
01-04-2015, 12:29 PM
Pulling up a chair, wait, I can't, working on a piece, but I'll check back to see how this gorgeous piece of horseflesh progresses. It's stunning even at this point.

SandeVBL
01-04-2015, 02:26 PM
Beautiful start on this, Shalese. I don't know a lot about horses, but have always admired the Arabians. 14 x 18 sounds huge to me, but it will be a show stopper that large.

Misted-Dream
01-04-2015, 05:07 PM
Haha, thank you very much, Karen! Glad you like it so far. :)

Thanks a lot, Sande! Arabians are my favorite breed of horse and probably the subject I've drawn the most. I'm hoping this one makes an impact with its size.

Foxyheart2002
01-04-2015, 07:02 PM
This is glorious as is! Will the background be white or nondescript?

StephHuang
01-04-2015, 08:43 PM
Horses are my favorite <3 Can't wait to see how this turns out!

Misted-Dream
01-04-2015, 09:29 PM
Thank you so much, Sue! The bg will be a gradient of sorts, but yes, mostly white.

Thank you, Steph! They're my favorite too. :)

kerri_oz
01-04-2015, 09:34 PM
the detail and subtlety of shading already in there tells me this is going to be specatacular.

Misted-Dream
01-04-2015, 11:26 PM
Thanks very much, Kerri! :)

Harry Seymour
01-05-2015, 07:02 PM
Wonderful start. Looking forward to seeing it completed.

Misted-Dream
01-05-2015, 11:33 PM
Thank you so much, Harry! :)

PaintDog
01-06-2015, 01:32 AM
Looking fantastic already, Shalese! I especially like the subtle textures in the muzzle.

Snow Dance
01-06-2015, 08:45 AM
White horse on white ground! What a challenge! Can't wait to see how you handle this.

Becky

Misted-Dream
01-06-2015, 07:58 PM
Thank you so much, Ann! I love those tiny nuances you can achieve with scratchboard. :)

Thanks a lot, Becky! Yes, I never seem to make it easy for myself, lol.

Here's more progress! Another 8 hours on this piece and this is what you have so far (about 19 hours total). My plan is to scratch out the horse in its entirety, go back in with some airbrush to get more depth, re-scratching, and then scratch off the white background and use the airbrush to get the gray tones I want. The final step will be to add those wisps of backlit hairs on the mane, forelock, ears, etc.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2015/361261-whitearabianwip2.jpg

M.Mason
01-08-2015, 08:32 AM
Wow, this is going to be incredible to watch unfold!! I'm excited to watch!

Misted-Dream
01-08-2015, 12:38 PM
Thank you so much, Melissa! :)

ggart4u
01-08-2015, 03:13 PM
Whee Doggies! That is going to be one fine piece of art. Loving it already!

Misted-Dream
01-09-2015, 12:25 PM
Thank you so much, Ginger! :)

Misted-Dream
01-10-2015, 09:46 PM
A little more work! I'm so excited about the light source on this one so I'm still having fun with it. ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2015/361261-whitearabianwip3.jpg

jennaboo88
01-11-2015, 10:07 PM
This is just stunning, Shalese! What a great artwork this is already!

kerri_oz
01-12-2015, 02:15 AM
amazing work. :thumbsup:

PaintDog
01-12-2015, 11:47 AM
Gorgeous, and getting even better with each update!

Misted-Dream
01-12-2015, 08:30 PM
Thank you very much, Jenna, Kari, and Ann! I don't think I've ever had so much fun making a scratchboard before (and trust me, I've had plenty of fun with the ones I've done!). :)

Here's more progress. Getting very close to having the horse done (minus going back over areas with the airbrush and re-scratching).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2015/361261-whitearabianwip4.jpg

Cindy Schnackel
01-13-2015, 02:34 PM
Impressive work! :)

Misted-Dream
01-14-2015, 07:18 PM
Thanks a lot, Cindy! :)

Misted-Dream
02-02-2015, 10:48 PM
Haven't been able to post an update for quite some time, as I've been working on three different pieces (this, an oil painting, and a drawing), and just finished one of them (the drawing). I managed to finish scratching out the horse, so now I just need to go back in with the airbrush, followed by more scratching. Then I can start on the bg. :) Also, not sure why, but I wasn't able to get the whites as white as they are in real life in Photoshop this time.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2015/361261-whitearabianwip6.jpg

spikeaboo
02-06-2015, 07:10 PM
I used the white eyedropper in curves, clicked in the white area under the neck
Then I converted the image to greyscale. Is this closer to reality?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2015/195920-361261-whitearabianwip6.jpg

Misted-Dream
02-07-2015, 09:04 AM
Ah yes, thanks Tina! Yes, that is closer to how it looks. I'll have to remember to use the eyedropper next time. :)

spikeaboo
02-07-2015, 04:32 PM
When you use the eyedropper in Curves, first double click on the white eyedropper and in the dialog box that comes up set the CMYK values to 2,2,2,0.
This way you won't totally wash out the brightest values. I love your Arabian scratchboard. The white guys are the hardest to do I think.

spikeaboo
02-07-2015, 04:33 PM
When you use the eyedropper in Curves, first double click on the white eyedropper and in the dialog box that comes up set the CMYK values to 2,2,2,0.
This way you won't totally wash out the brightest values. I love your Arabian scratchboard. The white guys are the hardest to do I think.

jennaboo88
02-07-2015, 05:30 PM
This is gorgeous! Wow, what a beautiful portrait of this majestic horse.

FoggyMountain
02-08-2015, 03:35 PM
Absolutely beautiful work Shalese.

Misted-Dream
02-08-2015, 06:27 PM
Thanks again, Tina! I'll definitely have to try that next time. :)

Thank you so much, Jenna and Lynn! Much appreciated. :)

Misted-Dream
02-10-2015, 10:32 PM
Finally (as far as I know) finished the horse! I went back in with the airbrush and re-scratched some areas. I'm using a scalpel to scratch out the background, and managed to get my first scalpel cut! Haha, I guess I'm officially a scratchboarder now. ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2015/361261-whitearabianwip7.jpg

Snow Dance
02-11-2015, 09:07 AM
aaah, now it is going to get really interesting, I can't wait to see how you handle it when you get to the area behind his forehead and his mane.

Becky

Misted-Dream
02-11-2015, 11:52 PM
Thank you very much, Becky! This one is a we'll-figure-it-out-when-I-get-there kind of a piece. ;)

Misted-Dream
02-13-2015, 09:43 PM
Got a bit more black scratched off! I'm using a scalpel for this part, and it actually doesn't take that long.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2015/361261-whitearabianwip8.jpg

Misted-Dream
02-14-2015, 05:57 PM
All that black is scratched off now!! I can't believe I managed to do all that in a few hours. Now my fingers feel like they're going to fall off, but oh well! I just need to airbrush the bg tomorrow, make some adjustments on the horse, and then it'll be done. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2015/361261-whitearabianwip9.jpg

donovansbrain
02-14-2015, 07:12 PM
Love it. :clap:

Misted-Dream
02-15-2015, 05:46 PM
Thank you so much, Donovan!

Okay guys, I managed to finish this one!! Didn't expect to do that this weekend at all, so that made me quite happy. :) I'm VERY pleased with the outcome and I hope you all enjoy it as well. Thanks for following along with me!

"Sun Ray"
14" X 18"
Scratchboard
My own refs used

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2015/361261-Sun_Rayws.jpg

Snow Dance
02-15-2015, 07:32 PM
Shalese, this is one heck of a finale, absolutely jaw-dropping good!

Becky (still sitting here slack-jawed in awe)

donovansbrain
02-15-2015, 08:44 PM
A masterpiece. :clap:

Misted-Dream
02-16-2015, 12:38 PM
Aww, thank you so much, Becky! Really appreciate that. :)

Thank you very much, Donovan!

Hoofnpaw
02-17-2015, 02:17 PM
Super nice!

Sean

lhclarkart
02-17-2015, 04:22 PM
Beautifully done! The black eye and black nose are really striking.

Harry Seymour
02-17-2015, 07:26 PM
Gorgeous finish.

Crias
02-17-2015, 08:56 PM
Lovely finish!

Misted-Dream
02-17-2015, 10:21 PM
Thank you so much, Sean, Linda, Harry, and Cathy! Much appreciated. :)

Gobie
02-17-2015, 11:47 PM
Beautiful finish!
Sharon

jennaboo88
02-18-2015, 03:53 PM
A very powerful portrait! Absolutely beautiful!

Misted-Dream
02-18-2015, 07:18 PM
Thanks very much, Sharon and Jenna! :D

Tigr
02-26-2015, 12:36 AM
Absolutely gorgeous!

Misted-Dream
02-26-2015, 12:57 AM
Thank you so much, Tamara!

SueR
03-15-2015, 03:38 PM
This is one post I'm glad I didn't miss....fantastic finish!

Misted-Dream
03-16-2015, 09:47 PM
Thank you so much, Sue! I'm really glad you like it. :)