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12-16-2006, 01:31 PM
Victor's thread brings up a thought, how many of you out there have done self-portraits? Please post them. I will start. This is when I was 30 years younger, but it is a self-portrait.
12-16-2006, 04:40 PM
I've done a couple of self portraits, but not in scratchboard!!
12-16-2006, 06:04 PM
Diana, a beautiful self portrait of a beautiful lady. Lovely work!
12-16-2006, 06:32 PM
Thank you Mary.
Burt, just for the sake of the thread couldn't we stretch the medium a bit so we all could see your self portraits?
12-16-2006, 07:58 PM
Ok, here we go "for the sake of the thread"!! I did this self portrait back in my watercolor days- 2002.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2006/28168-Burt_selft_portrait_2002.jpg I think I'll have to do one in scratchboard!!! That might make a good project for the forum??? Or not??
12-16-2006, 08:10 PM
What a wonderful face, good job. Yes, yes do one in scratchboard.
12-16-2006, 08:43 PM
Diana, your work just blows me away. I can't believe how soft the skin texture came across, and the fabric pattern of the hat, the hair, the eyelashes are masterful. You certainly show us something to strive for.
12-16-2006, 11:32 PM
Is your scratchboard????????????????????? WOWEEEEEEEEEEEEE! That is incredible work!!!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
12-16-2006, 11:44 PM
Diana, simply beautiful, I am at a loss for words. Thanks for showing it.
12-17-2006, 12:06 AM
My tiny head is a crop of a self portrait in pastel of me about 10 yrs ago. None in scratchart although I've done a portrait "Granny was a beauty" that I've posted before and is on my website.
I not only go wow at your technique here Dianne, but the whole pose, composition and expression makes this just beautiful, makes it more than a self portrait.
12-17-2006, 09:53 AM
I'm just speechless. Gorgeous, gorgeous. Have you been doing this for 30 yrs. or is this from a photo and done recently?
You just keep blowing me away. I think you can't show me anything I like better, and then....
12-17-2006, 11:52 AM
Thank you all so much. This particular piece was done two years ago from a photograph. I was wearing my grandma's hat (I still have it and I still wear it). The texture is mostly from cross-hatching. It is on a 12 x 16 piece of Essdee Scraperboard. (I prefer Essdee for fine work. I think you can get more delicate lines from Essdee). I did a similar piece twelve years ago, but I was never very fond of it, it was too harsh. That piece is on my site. I would love to exchange the old and new self portraits, but I forget how to do that on my site so I have to wait until my husband can show me.
TJ... Can you put the entire piece in this thread?
12-18-2006, 06:34 AM
See what you started:D My wife will take a digital photo of me and I'll try doing my first scratchboard self portrait. This should be fun!!! :)
12-18-2006, 02:01 PM
Yea Burt! I can't wait to see it.
12-20-2006, 05:16 PM
Beautiful Diana (the portrait and the lady :) )
12-21-2006, 10:58 AM
Thank you Meisie. I give a lot of credit to my grandma's old hat.
12-27-2006, 11:42 PM
i'll have to do one...don't expect it to be as nice as this one..outstanding...thanks for posting...Rod-Man
12-28-2006, 11:02 AM
Diana and All....The portrate is wonderfuly done and what a Cuty !!. I would like to try a self portrate however I am down and out for I don't know how long. The strain on my eyes is just too much. So far I have had two eye surgeries and a third one slated for this month. The first two did not work so I have to go to Vancouver to the specialist. Not realy looking forward to it but necessary if I want to retain my sight. So keep smiling all and have a happy holliday. God Bless.......Victor :wave:
12-28-2006, 11:41 AM
My thoughts are with you. There is an old expression, "The third time's the charm". Though I am not sure what the original meaning was it seems appropreiate now. This time it will work!
12-28-2006, 11:41 AM
Victor, so concerned for you. But as Maya Angelou said after not talking for 8 years, she sure had a lot to say once she opened her mouth. So let all those lovely images store up while you are healing. Lots of prayers and good thinking coming your way.:heart:
12-29-2006, 07:27 PM
:confused: Diana, I am so struggling with my sp - it looks like a woodcut charicature. I don't know whether to re-ink and keep trying, to toss and try painting prior to scratching, or to throw it in as a post for advice. I'm happy with my original drawing, (I'm using it in my profile) so this is rather embarrassing. Do you ever just feel you've gotten a bad start and cut your losses?
12-29-2006, 08:04 PM
Oh Terri, I cannot tell you how many half done pieces I have in my closet. I usually save those to experiment on with new techniques or to test color on. Once I get an idea started I like to complete it so I will start over again. If something needs massive repair or reinking I just start over, but that's me. Are you trying to clear large areas or build up from crosshatching? I will include some detailed shots of how I build.
I should add that since your drawing has so much more white than black you may want to start with a white board and paint in your black where needed. Just remember if you do this, you should "over paint" (paint more than you would if you were not intending to scratch) so you will have something to scratch.
12-29-2006, 08:34 PM
Thanks, Diana. I think I will set this aside to experiment with when less stressed about it. I am really interested in trying it white to black. I think I was rushing it too much and being too erratic and inconsistent with building upmy cross-hatching. Thanks again - due to this forum I'm Doing my art rather than Thinking abour doing it. :)
12-31-2006, 12:50 PM
Dianna, I was rereading this thread and picked up on yur request to post the uncropped portrait that is the basis for my tiny head. Here also is "Granny"
This was an early pastel
granny has suffered from compression, she's lighter in rl she's done entirely in pointillism.
01-08-2007, 09:28 PM
i acciendentaly clicked on the wrong button but your artwork and my mistake have inspired me to try a self portrait in scratchboard maybe after im done with the 30 pieces im juggling in my art circus i will be able to sit down and create something as beautiful as you did thanks for posting :)
Pierre St. Marie
03-04-2007, 02:48 PM
You have the touch, M'Lady.
03-04-2007, 03:06 PM
James...Sorry not to get back to you, somehow I missed your post here. Looking forward to seeing a portrait from you.
Pierre...Thank you, is it possible you might be considering a self portrait too?
Pierre St. Marie
03-04-2007, 04:16 PM
Diana, I'm afraid my eyesight failed me some time ago. I'm no longer able to focus on anything close to me. That's the main reason I went back to carving murals in the mid 90s.
When my eyes changed a full 11 degrees of axis in one year I was unable to finish a rather large Scraperboared rendering.
When you're no longer able to see perspective as you engrave its pretty much the end. Ophthalmic surgery wasn't an option then, and I'm too old now to go through all that now.
This is now what occupies my time........... and I'm NOT complaining. :D
Darned kids made me wait till I was past 70 before making me a grandfather. :rolleyes: :lol:
...... And I'm really not complaining.
Pierre St. Marie
03-04-2007, 04:41 PM
This was me back in 1967. Always thought I'd do a rendering of my favorite saddlehorse, Shonkin. Time slipped away on me. I was in my mid 30's back then and just married.
Time does slip away, doesn't it.
03-04-2007, 06:10 PM
What a sweetie! I have six grandchildren and waiting for number seven due in April.
03-05-2007, 12:33 AM
Handsome hos'! And you're riding a pretty nice looking horse, too ;-)
Seriously, though, your Shonkin reminds me a bit of my aunt's favourite horse, "Sally" who was a sabino pinto mare.
Pierre St. Marie
03-05-2007, 07:17 AM
Why, thank you, Tania! Long time ago now. He was born on the Shonkin River east of the Great Divide here in in Montana. He stood an honest 16.3 hands. Shonk won me a lot of $5 bets on how far he could back up in a straight line.
At that time we had 24 Morgan mares, 3 geldings and a Morgan stud horse on the place. Shonkin lived to 21 years of age.
I missed a lot of opportunites to do more personal Scraperboard renderings back then. The commercial aspect made our income, but you can get caught up in all that and ignore the more enjoyable type artwork. Don't let that happen to you.
03-05-2007, 01:24 PM
Great photo, Pierre!
Shonkin sounds like one of those "once in a lifetime" horses. When I lived at home, my horse was a Percheron/? cross named "Rusty" (for the sparse roan flecks he had scattered across his mainly grey coat).
Rusty made you work to catch him, but once caught a baby could have ridden him. Pretty much everyone within a twenty mile radius of our farm learned to ride on Rusty. When I was a teenager I would sit my younger cousins up on his back, hand them the reins, then walk around the yard, but no matter what they did with the reins Rusty'd follow me. He was the most sensible horse I've ever known. He was about 27 or so when he died, and sadly, I don't think I have one decent photo of him - I guess in my youth I thought he would simply live forever.
03-07-2007, 09:53 PM
beautiful woamn and wonderful drawing...wow X 674! I think i posted a "distorted self=portrait" i'll try toi find and add it to here..cool idea
03-07-2007, 10:01 PM
here it is. I forget the size..maybe 9" X 12"
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