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PatrickHedges
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:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2008/60252-Abu_the_chimp_01_Large.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2008/60252-Abu_the_chimp_01_eye_crop.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2008/60252-Abu_the_chimp_01_skin_crop.jpg

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

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


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

IanArt
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.
Ian

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:

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

Sharon

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

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

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

Best from mike.

Eilymcc
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! :)

Iaartist
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.

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

This is where I'm at right now

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Dec-2008/60252-Abu_Large.jpg

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

PatrickHedges
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 :)

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

Sean

coconut
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 !

PatrickHedges
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.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/60252-Chimp_From_the_Darkness_into_the_Light_800.jpg

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

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

Dave

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

Gary

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

This is the last post before the colour

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Dec-2008/60252-Abu_fin_drawing_Large.jpg

aRt4us
12-12-2008, 11:02 AM
Can't wait, looking great.

Painting fun
Gary

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.

Stephanie

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

~Julie~

PatrickHedges
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.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2008/60252-Chimp_Abu_comp.jpg

A couple of closeups

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2008/60252-Chimp_Abu_eye_crop.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2008/60252-Chimp_Abu_nose_crop.jpg

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!

-Susan

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

aRt4us
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
Gary

LEIGH RUST
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.

-Susan

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

Bnsmalkin
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:

PatrickHedges
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: