View Full Version : Steer FINISHED (XP from SW/W Art)

03-31-2017, 12:58 PM
Just sharing a new WIP of a scratchboard. This is a small piece at 5x7 inches and my only tool so far is a #11 X-Acto knife. I'm doing this one just for fun. It will be kind of nice to relax after the last few artworks which were more demanding. This was one of my dad's steers that I took some pictures of and I've wanted to draw it for some time, now. I'm not worrying too much about perfect likeness to the reference image, as this will be more a casual piece. Just something to tinker on in the evenings on the couch. :)

I hope you'll follow along with the progress. C&C welcome.


Vivien Maloney
03-31-2017, 02:10 PM
This is going to be great Jenna! Looking forward to your updates.

03-31-2017, 02:40 PM
Looks great so far.

03-31-2017, 07:40 PM
That's pretty impressive. Scratchboard seems so unforgiving to me. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

04-01-2017, 12:11 AM
Thanks so much, Viv! I'll be sure and post my progress. :)

Thanks, Christel. :)

Thank you, ntl. Scratchboard can be challenging, but is somewhat more forgiving than it might appear. Some repair can be done for mistakes by recovering scratched areas with black ink. However, the carved areas do show despite being covered in ink, so care must be taken when working with it. It's great fun though! Thanks for the nice comment. :)

04-01-2017, 07:18 AM
Lovely, a progress thread :thumbsup:. I'll be interested to see how a scratchboard picture is built up, having never tried it before!

Looks great so far, I like his eye. I'll keep watching :)

chammi kaiser
04-01-2017, 11:06 AM
Now this is a work in progress I definitely be watching with pleasure. Looking great so far Jenna. Thanks a lot for sharing.

04-01-2017, 11:19 AM
Thanks so much, Kay! I'm glad you're interested in the WIP. Scratchboards are great fun! Maybe you'll try it someday? :)

Chammi, that is most kind. Thank you for the encouraging comments!

Barbra G
04-01-2017, 06:52 PM
Jenna, good start. I will enjoy your progress. I agree lovely to do a small piece when you don't have to depict exactly the likeness you see. I have a large A2 commission (graphite) at present, which requires all my time and technique.

04-03-2017, 11:52 AM
:) I'm vigilantly watching ......

04-03-2017, 03:42 PM
Thanks very much, Barbra! Good luck and congratulations on your current commission! I'm sure it will be stunning!

Thank you, Fedetony. I'll have an update to share soon. :)

04-03-2017, 11:43 PM
An update on the steer. The nose is mostly in place now, and I'm moving down the peak of the neck and shoulder. C&C welcome. Thanks for looking. :)


chammi kaiser
04-05-2017, 06:51 AM
Terrific Jenna. The veins in the face are so well painted.

04-05-2017, 09:52 AM
I'll still looking... seems to be a kind of mammal... :lol: will have to see how it tiers into a steer :D

04-06-2017, 12:09 AM
Thanks so much, Chammi! I love the definition of bones and muscles and veins on the faces of large mammals like cattle and horses. Makes them fun to draw. :)

Fedetony, I do hope this becomes clearer as I move forward. :lol:

04-06-2017, 12:17 AM
I've gotten the neck and shoulder in place and am just starting to get the muscles in the neck laid in place. I'm thoroughly enjoying working on this piece.

On a side note, do any of you who work in scratchboard ever get "dud" razor blades? I use #11 blades, and it seems like some of them are a struggle to work with. Instead of slicing clean, reliable lines into the scratchboard, they can gouge or drag roughly instead. Does this happen with any of you, and if so, is there a solution besides simply replacing the dud blade? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking! :)


04-06-2017, 04:10 PM
Impressive work Jenna!!!

04-06-2017, 10:14 PM
Good work!

04-08-2017, 10:16 AM
Thank you so much, Kay. I appreciate your nice comment!

Thanks Jon! :)

04-09-2017, 10:55 PM
Wow love this one

04-10-2017, 11:48 PM
Hi Kindra. Thanks so much! :)

04-10-2017, 11:51 PM
Just a quick update on my steer. The muscles of the neck and shoulder are more complex than I first thought, but I like working out all those little details. The strong shoulder is fun to "sculpt". It's coming along. :)

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!


04-30-2017, 11:56 PM
Just posting some progress on this. I've been splitting my time between this scratchboard of a steer and a wire sculpture...also of a steer. :) My dad raises steers, so I guess these two projects are overdue. :lol:

Mostly just fleshing out the neck and shoulder and increasing the values all over. C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!


05-01-2017, 12:11 AM
That's looking "mooovelous" :cool:

05-01-2017, 01:21 AM
Beautiful !

05-01-2017, 06:51 PM
Thanks, Jon. :lol: :)

Thank you for the comment, Robert. :)

05-15-2017, 12:54 AM
Well, at last, I'm pretty sure my steer is finished. After some (hopefully) final tweaking on it tonight, I am feeling content with it. I'll let it rest a couple of days before spraying it. I do welcome C&C. Thanks so much for following along and commenting along the way! And thank you for looking!:thumbsup:






chammi kaiser
05-15-2017, 01:58 AM
Jenna, I have so enjoyed watching this terrific scratchboard work emerge. Thank you so much for sharing the process.

05-15-2017, 02:15 AM
This turned out beautifully! I've really enjoyed following your progress on this piece.

05-15-2017, 04:23 AM
Really a fine Job, Now it looks like a cow :) ... :lol:
Is beautiful... :)

Barbra G
05-15-2017, 07:57 PM
Great job Jenna, you built that third dimension so well. Re blades - I haven't really had much trouble with them. I usually use a Fiskars with a NO11 and when I want more intensity a speedball 1 or 2. Great job.

05-16-2017, 04:40 PM
Thanks so much, Chammi. I'm happy you enjoyed the process!

Thank you very much, Kay! :)

Thank you, fedetony! :thumbsup: :D

Barbra, thank you for the kind comments and also for your thoughts on the blades. I may try Fiskars for a change - I currently use X-Acto refills. Thanks again! :)

05-18-2017, 08:38 PM
This is really well done. Scratch board always fascinated me. Thanks for sharing the progress on it. It turned out beautifully.

05-18-2017, 09:43 PM
Thanks so much, Peggy. That's very kind of you. I love scratchboard. It's a nice change of pace from my usual pen and ink. :)

05-19-2017, 08:55 PM
You did a great job!

05-22-2017, 11:25 AM
Thanks so much, Jon! :)

05-22-2017, 07:14 PM
Excellent scratch work! And I like your subject that you chose. I also love bone structure and veins, as you say, they are fun to work with. Even if you left it the way it was right now, it would be perfect!

05-24-2017, 07:18 PM
Thanks so much, Marie! Isn't it fun to pull out all those details like muscle and bone structure? :) Actually, the piece is finished now. You can see it completed in post number 27. :thumbsup: