View Full Version : Chimps portrait Scratchboard WIP

12-08-2008, 11:13 PM
I'm still waiting on the go ahead for this commission, but decided to start anyway - positive thinking.

It's Abu, the late alpha male at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa. He died recently of an abnormally small heart combined with a malfuncioning valve and a cold which he picked up. It was a very sad time for Eden.

Scratchboard, 8" x 10" with some closeups. This is my 'squiggle' technique :lol:




12-08-2008, 11:25 PM
Love those soulful eyes. I'm pulling up a chair.

12-08-2008, 11:53 PM
:) Thanks Sharon

D'oh!! The title should read 'Chimp' not 'Chimps'.

12-09-2008, 12:50 PM
Looks good so far. I love the different textures you can achieve with this technique. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Sticky Wombat
12-09-2008, 12:51 PM
Love your squiggle technique - beats cross-hatch any day!!! :thumbsup: Pulling up a hammock as I dont want to miss a single squig! :lol:

12-09-2008, 03:36 PM
Me too. I am enoying watching. It inspires one to try.


12-09-2008, 03:48 PM
Nice start. He has that look of authority. Cheers Glen.

12-09-2008, 07:36 PM
Many thanks Ian, Kerry, Sharon and Glen :)

12-10-2008, 06:06 AM
A nice bit of Squiggling so far Patrick! .Very effective.

Best from mike.

12-10-2008, 06:25 AM
Hi Patrick!
You are very inspiring, this looks wonderful already. What a sad story though.
Do you buy pre - prepared boards or set them up yourself? Id love to try this some day, I remember when I was a young girl been given a scratchboard set for Christmas - all I had to do was scratch where the lines were indicated! I never thought I would come across the technique again!
Looking forward to seeing more! :)

12-10-2008, 08:16 AM
May I ask how many hrs it takes to do something like this? It looks like it takes many many. I gree you are very inspiring.

12-10-2008, 07:50 PM
Wow you guys!! That's so nice of you :)

This is where I'm at right now


12-10-2008, 09:16 PM
Good grief... how do you have the patience to do this! It looks amazing!

12-10-2008, 09:27 PM
Good grief... how do you have the patience to do this!
Just a big dose of stupidity :lol:

Thanks :)

12-10-2008, 09:36 PM
WOW---And I thought CP was labor intensive! Great work Patrick---I agree, very inspiring!


12-10-2008, 11:04 PM
Love your chimp and his look of wisdom... Your scratchboard work is amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your website !

12-11-2008, 01:23 AM
Many thanks coconut and Sean

Sean and Iaartist (forgot to answer you earlier after you mucked my mind up by calling me inspiring), it looks labour intensive but you can squiggle away quite quickly. I wouldn't have more than five or six hours in this so far and it'll probably only take another couple to get the rest done. Then I plan on colouring it in a sort of muted fashion, a bit like this one I did a few months ago.


Heart Of Darkness
12-11-2008, 04:22 AM
As always, awesome. Another beautiful piece Patrick :clap:

12-11-2008, 06:17 PM
Great stuff Patrick!!
You make it look easy


12-11-2008, 10:05 PM
Beautiful,man looking at that would have me squiggling in my sleep!


12-11-2008, 10:06 PM
Many thanks Dave, Gary and HoD :)

This is the last post before the colour


12-12-2008, 11:02 AM
Can't wait, looking great.

Painting fun

Night Horse Studio
12-12-2008, 07:18 PM
Uh-oh, I'm going to muck up your mind again and say that I agree with Iaartist and Sean -- you ARE inspiring. Your work is so good.


12-13-2008, 05:23 AM
Fantastic as always, Patrick! :clap::clap::clap:....that expression is just amazing!


12-13-2008, 08:22 AM
You guys!! :)

This is the finish. My goal as always with my portraits is to get behind the face and into the soul. I have no idea if I succeed but that's the aim. In this I wanted also to try to create something dramatic. I would often leave it B&W to create drama but felt that it might be possible with colour here too.

Coloured with watercolours.


A couple of closeups



Snuzin Susan
12-13-2008, 08:44 PM
Patrick this came out really wonderfully! I can def. see how much you have improved with your scratchboard work (Figures crossed think I might be getting some for x-mas) Those eyes look so awesome. Really nice. really!


12-14-2008, 03:03 AM
Thanks Susan. I reckon you'd be excellent with this medium.

12-14-2008, 06:09 AM
Your controlled messy swiggles work so well and with the way it looks like you use minimal colour has capture something of this character.
Thanks for sharing
Painting fun

12-14-2008, 09:22 AM
Came up nicely buddy! The subtle colouring worked a treat. I especially like the work you did on the eyes.

Snuzin Susan
12-14-2008, 12:33 PM
Thanks...coming from you Patrick...that means a bundle to me.


12-14-2008, 09:08 PM
Cheers guys :)

12-14-2008, 09:37 PM
:wave: Hello Patrick

I think adding the color made this guy come to life. :clap: There is a sense of soul that the color brought forth.

You are very good at scratchboard.:thumbsup: Just drawing squiggley lines is hard let alone with a sharp edge!!! :eek:

I am inspired to try and draw a chimp, I haven't seen any scratchboard materials locally, but, this is on my wish list of things to try.

Sharon :wave:

12-16-2008, 01:58 AM
Hi Sharon, many thanks :)

The good news is the confirmation of this as a commission just came through :thumbsup: