View Full Version : Fresian Stallion Finished

Snuzin Susan
01-24-2009, 06:46 PM
Okay so finally starting a new board after being inspired by an amazing reference taken by the-other1. Wow thank you so much seriously...I hope in the end I do the beautiful Luke justice. This is an 8x10 Ampersand scratchboard. I'm about 2 hours into it, and just loving it! I thought I'd do a WIP so you can get a chance to see how I work in my never favorite medium. This will be one of my submissions to a show if I like how it turns out. Thanks for looking.

First the reference

The full

and a close up


01-24-2009, 06:49 PM
Wow Susan, this is going to be really nice! That detail in the forelock is outstanding. I am pulling up a chair! Rice Krispy treats, anyone??

01-24-2009, 10:14 PM
Great start Susan. It's funny I've ear marked the same reference photo for future use. (Great minds think alike...) Can't wait to see how this turns out.

01-24-2009, 11:46 PM
The detail is fabulous! I can't wait to see more!


01-25-2009, 01:40 AM
beautiful, i love the detail.

01-25-2009, 05:02 AM
Oh! This is going to be beautiful!

01-25-2009, 02:17 PM
a wonderful start to this. love the detail already!

Snuzin Susan
01-25-2009, 10:05 PM
My good ness...thank you everyone so much! I really I hope I can live up to all your expectations with this one!


01-26-2009, 07:50 PM
Ohmygoodness, I love the detail you already have in your work! I am watching you work!

Snuzin Susan
01-26-2009, 10:31 PM
Thank you jody. I'm loving the detail too!

Here is an update finally! About 6 hours into it right now. Poopy values on the face, but I need to ink and add shadows in the end. The eye is very basic, I'm saving it for last.



01-26-2009, 11:34 PM
Beautiful, can't wait for the fineshed product. Great Ref. BTW.

01-26-2009, 11:35 PM
This is looking great Susan! I'm really tempted myself to try this stuff ^^


Snuzin Susan
01-28-2009, 11:42 AM
Thank you both! I hope to have an update for you soon!

01-28-2009, 09:15 PM
Wowwwwwwwwwwww this is fantastic! I didn't know you did scratchboard, have you done others?

Snuzin Susan
01-29-2009, 04:06 PM
Thank you FaeLynn!

Yes I have done two others. You can see them here


And here


Update coming soon I swear!


Snuzin Susan
01-29-2009, 06:28 PM
See I'm not a liar. Have about 3 more hours into this. The neck is in an ugly stage right now. And I need to reink areas of the face towards the end to add the final wisps of mane. Overall I'm happy where this is at though. Thanks for looking!





01-30-2009, 09:06 AM
this is looking really good, cant wait to see it finished :D

01-30-2009, 10:27 AM
Susan this is gorgeous!

01-30-2009, 10:31 AM
This is wonderful!! How do you like working on the scratchboard? It seems like such an interesting surface to work on!!


Snuzin Susan
01-31-2009, 11:31 PM
Thank you the-other1. I'm so glad you like it!
Kusanar- I love working on scratchboard! It is so addicting. Like wow. It is my new favorite medium. Try it if you ever get a chance. Thank you!

So I've been scratching scratching scratching away! I finally feel like I can finish this. Wooooooo. I went from absolutely hating this...to actually kind of liking it. I'm pleaed with the back...and I hated the neck so much that I reinked and rescratched in the first layer. I'm going to to try to keep the rest covered then go back in and do the detail (can there not be detail with scratchboard?) and the highlights adjusting values, blah blah blah. Well then...enjoy?!




02-01-2009, 09:00 AM
wow, again :D love that closeup of the coat detail! Your hard work is very much worth it :D

Snuzin Susan
02-01-2009, 05:50 PM
Thank you Amanda. I'm glad it look okay!


02-01-2009, 08:06 PM
Wow I love it!!!!!!!! Magnificent!!!!!

02-01-2009, 11:22 PM
Just gorgeous. Keep going.

02-02-2009, 01:13 PM
i looked at your work it looks good i ve never tried scratch board once i did silver point on card it doesnt forgive as well
Good continuation

Snuzin Susan
02-02-2009, 10:51 PM
Thank you so much for your support Jody, sveldstra, and Robert. It is always greatly appreciated. Honestly!

I've put roughly 6 more hours into this give or take. I'm finally seeing the horizon if you catch my drift. I really hope to have this finished within the next 48 hours. Nay...I need to have this finished in the next 48 hours. *Sigh*

As always thank you for checking in!



Night Horse Studio
02-03-2009, 02:33 AM
Susan, it's awesome! You, Iris and Cathy all are inspiring me to want to try some scratchboard. I just might have to now.

Can't wait to see the finish!


02-03-2009, 09:00 AM
Great job Susan! You have captured the texture of this fellow well, especially love the forelock.

Add me to the growing crowd of folks who want to give SB a hand. I just don't know if I can wrap my head around working "backwards"!

02-03-2009, 09:18 AM
I love this and looking at this work I decided to order some scratchboard materials for myself. :)

02-03-2009, 10:11 AM
I just don't know if I can wrap my head around working "backwards"!

I second that! :thumbsup: I've tried white pastel on black paper and I was so desperate to shade in my shadows...I'm a hopeless graphite artist. :lol:

This is looking great, it's inspired me as well to look into doing scratchboard! I can't wait until it's done!

02-03-2009, 11:56 AM
Nice work so far! Great job


Snuzin Susan
02-03-2009, 10:09 PM
Holy Moly BOB! So many future SB artists woooooot! Everyone is capable, and yes it takes a moment to think lights not dark but really it is one of those things IMHO that once you get it you get it. I love all of your encouragement and I really hope to post the finished result soon!


Snuzin Susan
02-05-2009, 12:47 AM
Finally the finish! For learning's sake I'm posting the what I thought was the final till I saw I uploaded the photo and the actual final along with some larger then life detail shots. Thanks all for following along again. I hope it was worth the wait for you to see the finish I know it was for me!

Thought I was done but not quite!

The finish!

And details


02-05-2009, 05:28 AM
that is beautiful :D, how much would the original be? or a print if your not selling it

02-05-2009, 08:05 AM
great finish Susan. Love the eye.

02-05-2009, 08:19 AM
That turned out great. When I get my tax money, I am going to buy the stuff and try to learn to do this.

02-05-2009, 08:23 AM
:eek: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :eek:
omg!! This... I.... **Gulp** *Gasp*

02-05-2009, 08:37 AM
Beautiful Susan!!

Snuzin Susan
02-05-2009, 06:20 PM
Awww! Thank you so much. I love seeing everyone's comments (highlight of my day I swear!)

the-other1-Couldn't have done it without you!

sveldstra-Thank you. It made me so nervous since it was dark in the ref so I had to take some artistic liscense!

Iaartist-Def! Dickblick and HobbyLobby both have the stuff you need. It is really inexpensive to get into to. I figured I'd try it and if I didn't like it I was only out twenty or thirty dollars. You'll love it though really!

FaeLyn-Your too much really! Thank you!

Kusanar-Thank you!


02-05-2009, 08:49 PM
powerful image susan.....and you'll find scratch will help you learn to see values better when you use color again

02-06-2009, 08:47 AM
I have to comment again... it turned out wonderful. :clap: just love the forelock!

02-06-2009, 10:00 AM
You've captured a spirit, he definitely looks like he's in charge. Beautifully done.


02-06-2009, 11:42 PM
WOW this is awesome - I love the effect on the mane and forelock.

02-07-2009, 03:09 AM
Beaootiful! :) Very impressive piece!

Snuzin Susan
02-07-2009, 06:37 PM
Thank you so much everyone! Sorry for the delay been busy busy, but I'm so glad you all liked it so much really I am!


02-08-2009, 10:45 AM
Wow it turned out beautiful! I love it!

02-09-2009, 03:43 PM
What nice reference photo!!

The drawing you have made from is also very beautiful. I Like it.

Snuzin Susan
02-09-2009, 06:44 PM
Thank you Jody!

Thank you Neillo...but its not a drawing its actually scratchboard. It is a wood or masonite board covered in a thin layer of clay then overtop it is coated in India Ink. Then I scratch off the ink to reveal the clay to create my image, using usually an xacto knife. Pop by the scratchboard forum to see the work that can be created...its awesome!