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PatrickHedges
12-13-2009, 08:08 AM
Hi guys. This is a 12" x 16" black scratchboard. It's from my own reference of a black swan which came up to my camera. I'm using watercolours and coloured pencils and the grass and reeds were done quickly with a curved knife. I'll be adding more layers of colour / scratch as I go.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2009/60252-Black_Swan_001.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2009/60252-Black_Swan_002.jpg

Artybo
12-13-2009, 08:39 AM
Interesting "pose". I like it.

Terry Wynn
12-13-2009, 09:20 AM
This is gorgeous! About as close as I want to get to a swan!

Terry

birdlady
12-13-2009, 10:36 AM
beautiful start and interesting combo Patrick will be back looking in for updates.

Laurie

Damian D
12-13-2009, 10:52 AM
As usual, very nice job. Love the depth on this one. Makes you wonder if this is what a bug see's before it becomes lunch.

jody007
12-13-2009, 11:01 AM
I love that closeup!!!! I am watching you work.
Jody

bchlvr
12-13-2009, 12:03 PM
Your work is always amazing.

Iaartist
12-13-2009, 02:11 PM
That is cool!

Orph
12-13-2009, 04:59 PM
LOVE IT!! Made me laugh when I opened it...those eyes looking right at you!
Can't wait to see the finish!
Orphie

Rahul Parekh
12-13-2009, 11:08 PM
Hi Patrick,
looking strange painting in first pic to me!!!, but in second image...the composition is unique with lovely depth of field and curious looks of swan is highlight of the painting. lovely work. will follow your WIP to watch the final outcome :)

BTW..How do you prepare your black scratch board and which tools you are using for scratching lines for fur, feathers and to create other natural elements? :confused:

All best wishes,

Cheers, Rahul

nickib
12-14-2009, 12:38 AM
I think this is freaking adorable, I love it, love it. It is so neat when the opportunity arises to be able to catch a shot like this, awesome:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tanto
12-14-2009, 09:19 AM
Great pose and feathers Patrick. Was you not nervous, being so close? I don't now about black swans, but the swans we have in Sweden can be qiute hostile against humans.

/Tomas

Ali khamis
12-14-2009, 09:46 AM
Lovely work.

OkeeKat
12-14-2009, 12:05 PM
Beautiful!!! Love it.. what a pose!!
I Love closeups!!!
Your work never ceases to amaze me Patrick!!

PatrickHedges
12-17-2009, 06:55 AM
Many thanks everyone :)

Tomas, this type of swan isn't too agressive and in fact this one is from the banks of the river Torrens right here in Adelaide and they are all quite tame. I have been on the wrong side of the white ones in the past (the mute swan) where one attacked me and bit me in the "you know whats" :eek: :lol: and wouldn't let go!!!!

Rahul, Ampersand does the preparation for me :lol: and their product is awesome, but these are my tools

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2009/60252-Scratching_tools.JPG

The two curved blades on the left are what I used to clear the black from the sky and also I did the grass with them. The next two are fibreglass brushes which clears the ink in a soft way and I used them on parts of the feathers, the next is a brass brush which I use for hair (I haven't used it on this one), the next one is a tungsten scriber which gives a very thin line but without much ability to make that line interesting so is good for lots of thin and consistent lines, and the one on the right is my all rounder, the one I use the most and I can vary the line with it by turning it in my hand which gives thin or thicker lines or even varied along the same line.

I still have more to do on this. The sky is actually oil paints as I needed something to fully cover some messy marks I'd made :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2009/60252-Black_Swan_003_comp.jpg

Rahul Parekh
12-17-2009, 10:04 AM
Patrick, Painting is coming out lovely and swan is looking too BIG now with this camera view :). and Thank you for your kind information and showing your tools. Great...amazed to think that with such sharp tools we can create lively artwork!

I'm surprised that a day before I've purchased the last orange one (your all rounder tool) with almost similar blade :). I'll soon try tiny scratch board art. I think I need lots of practice and later purchase other tools as well and mean time my friends can laugh a lot through my funny scratching ha!ha! :D :lol:

IanArt
12-17-2009, 10:13 AM
Looks good Patrick. I was wondering how much pressure you need to apply to remove the black ink. Do you "dig" or just lightly scratch?

Ian

PatrickHedges
12-17-2009, 04:39 PM
Thanks Rahul and Ian. Rahul, I doubt we'll be laughing :lol:

Ian, I'd say the goal is to scratch the ink off but not to scratch into the clay. Of course, it does get scratched into but I try to be as light as possible because that way, there's more clay left for layers (scratch, add colour or diluted ink, more scratch, more colour etc etc). It definitely doesn't need much pressure and in fact you can get into a groove and what looks like it might have taken ages can go quite fast.

jody007
12-17-2009, 05:12 PM
I really love all the detail you put into your work Patrick. This is really beautiful!
Jody

Rowey
12-18-2009, 06:17 PM
great work Patrick!!! but god i would run if i saw this chap coming towards me he has meaning in those eyes lol x
Tracey

skappy
12-19-2009, 02:02 AM
Nice work Patrick thanks for showing your tools
Robert

PatrickHedges
12-19-2009, 03:50 AM
Thanks guys :)

Scary fellow for sure. This is the finished item. Maybe I should title it "Bug's Eye View"?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2009/60252-Black_Swan_004_compressed.jpg

Here's a couple of closeups which don't really show you anymore than the main picture

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2009/60252-Black_Swan_004_closeup_1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2009/60252-Black_Swan_004_closeup_2.jpg

jody007
12-19-2009, 11:46 AM
It turned out beautiful!!! I love it!
Jody

Paul Hopkinson
12-19-2009, 02:49 PM
Very fine work! Ooh, I am so tempted to purchase some scratchboard from somewhere!

Phranque
12-22-2009, 09:15 AM
Cool! I really love the variety of textures. He looks pretty intimidating!!

She-She
12-23-2009, 04:09 AM
This is really beautiful Patrick!! Love the texture in the grass & feathers. I'm not used to swans, so this pose would have made me back up a few steps.

PaintedLass
12-23-2009, 04:37 PM
I love the title! Definitely made me laugh!
I really love the angle ~ he looks like quite an inquisitive character, though I wouldn't envy any bug's seeing him from that perspective! Great work :)