View Full Version : Mourning Dove

12-17-2006, 12:06 AM
This is my latest scratching. It's 9"x12" clayboard. I intend to colorize it but thought I'd post it as it. C&Cs welcome and encouraged.

12-17-2006, 12:09 AM
Wow, you just make these birds come to life. They are almost photographic. I like the foreshortening you've managed as yu carry that limb into the distance.

12-17-2006, 12:16 AM
Thanks TJ, I really appreciate that. I wasn't sure I could get the limb to set back when I started but I guess luck was with me.

12-17-2006, 05:06 AM
What fine work! The feathers are superb! If there were award shows for Scratchboard Art...this one sh:thumbsup: ould win ribbons and/or $ prize!

12-17-2006, 08:11 AM
Bertoni, I really appreciate it. That makes me feel good. I'm happy to be able to just share my stuff with so many people that understand the time and effort that goes into doing this.

12-17-2006, 09:48 AM
These are just beautiful. :clap: :clap: :clap: You get the softness, the depth, everything. How long have you been doing these? They are wonderful.
Carol :wave:

12-17-2006, 11:53 AM
Thankyou so much Carol, I sincerely appreciate the compliments. I've done about 4 pictures on scratchpaper altogether 2 recently and this is my 3rd picture on clayboard. I tried scratching a couple pictures several years ago but not much success. Thought I'd try again after seeing the great pictures here. I hope to get better by studying everyone else's technique. It's been fun trying something new.

Here is my colorized version of the dove. Not much to color though.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2006/92796-SB_Mourning_Dove_color.jpg

12-17-2006, 12:09 PM
Garbonzo...very nice!!!!!!...I to like the limb fading into the background..i think it adds EVEN more depth...the feathers look like they are so light and airy that they should be moving in the slightest breeze...One gets the feeling that he is hiding from the cool night air...to say..it speeks volumes to the viewer...thanks for posting...Rod-Man

Diana Lee
12-17-2006, 12:18 PM
Absolutely beautiful. You have discovered the trick to making something fade into the background. Do you scratch again after you color? I wish we could see some detail shots, some closeups, especially of the feathers.

I love its little feet. Do you mix your own colors? Are you still using gouache?


12-17-2006, 12:24 PM
Thankyou very much Rod-man, I really appreciate the compliment. Your words are very encouraging for me. I'm still trying to get some effects that I can't figure out yet.

12-17-2006, 12:35 PM
Diana, Thankyou so much, I'm a bit overwhelmed. yes, I'm still using gouache for color, I do mix the colors to get specific colors that I want and I sometimes overlay colors to get different effects. I work really thin with the gouache because it is somewhat opaque when not watered down alot. I do try to rescratch some areas, mostly the highlighted ones after coloring. I'm still trying to learn what works and what doesn't. It has helped so much being able to look at other scratchers work to try and figure out how they achieved their creations. I will try to post some close ups of the picture. Thanks so much again.

12-17-2006, 12:57 PM
Here are 3 close-ups of my dove. I hope it helps to show how I do my scratching and coloring.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2006/92796-Sb_Dove_detail_1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2006/92796-Sb_Dove_detail_2.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2006/92796-Sb_Dove_detail_3.jpg

12-17-2006, 01:43 PM
Great Work!

Diana Lee
12-17-2006, 02:25 PM
Thank you, I love the detail shots. You have excellant control.


12-17-2006, 07:53 PM
Thanks J, I very much appreciate it.

Diana, thankyou very much. I do appreciate your encouragement.

12-20-2006, 05:18 PM
He was beautiful to start with , now he is stunning! Love the feathers and the twig is great too...actually I like the whole thing :o

12-20-2006, 07:40 PM
Thankyou Meisie. I'm trying to learn something from each picture I do.

12-23-2006, 09:26 AM
This is wonderful work - especially love seeing the close-ups... :thumbsup:

12-23-2006, 11:02 AM

I just loooooovvvvee this!!:clap:

12-23-2006, 03:36 PM
Robert, thanks very much, I know close-ups from other folks sure help me.

Chisaii, thankyou you are way too kind.