View Full Version : Looking Up: WIP

02-11-2011, 05:25 PM
It's a slow commission period which is great because it gives me more time to do my own work and experiment. The only sad part is the lack of money :(
So, in my attempt to advance my SB skills I've been indecisive and have a few boards started. This is the latest one. I was so happy when the photographer gave me permission to use it because I love the worm's eye view it gives.

02-11-2011, 05:55 PM
I agree...I like the viewing angle.
And a GREAT start on the board.
I'll be watchin this one develop for sure :thumbsup:

Harry Seymour
02-11-2011, 06:59 PM
This really looks promising. I'll be watching.

02-11-2011, 08:01 PM
Very cool start, and I agree about the angle...I'm looking forward to watching...!

02-11-2011, 08:23 PM
Thanks everyone! :) I did a little more work after posting the first WIP.

02-11-2011, 09:10 PM
So neat....are ya gonna put in the worm too :)

02-11-2011, 11:41 PM
How lovely is that, its a great angle!

02-11-2011, 11:45 PM

Thanx 4 posting, this pleaseth our eye. Greg

02-11-2011, 11:59 PM
What tool/tools are ya using? It's looking good!

Oh...one more question...I'm full of em tonight :D
What size is it?

02-12-2011, 12:30 AM
Oh yes, I really like this so far - great angle and comp!!

02-12-2011, 02:10 AM
Very neat angle and nice scratching so far.:thumbsup:

02-12-2011, 04:37 AM
Looking great Jessica. Beautiful composition and the scratching is very well done. Will be following your progress to the end.

02-12-2011, 09:10 AM
Thanks everyone! :)
Allan: So far I've been sticking with my scalpel and xacto knife. And it's an 8x10.

Diana Lee
02-12-2011, 01:09 PM
I LOVE the perspective!!!!! So much detail for such a small board.


02-12-2011, 01:48 PM
What a great angle! Beautifully scratched so far.

02-12-2011, 06:34 PM
Wow that fur looks good! Love the angle and can't wait to see how this turns out!

02-13-2011, 02:40 AM
This is going to be realy nice, I like the perspective as well.


02-13-2011, 03:14 PM
This is looking fantastic!

Oh and this is the link to the 21 under 30 competition,http://www.southwestart.com/21-under-31-art-competition

Good luck if you enter.:)

02-13-2011, 07:34 PM
Irfan: Thanks for the link! Like you I have to find a good photograph of my own...hmm....

Here is the next update. I think I'm done with the first scratching.

Please point out anything you think should be changed/doesn't look right! Any suggestions on the paw pads? I'm not sure how I want to scratch those and not leave just black..it needs something.

Also, the photo doesn't show the whole wolf lying on the rock. Should I just continue out the fur on that small spot?

Next I'm going in to reink with more shadows. I plan to tackle the rock with acrylics once the wolf is done.

02-13-2011, 07:55 PM
I have to agree with everyone else that the perspective here is really cool. The scratching of the fur looks great too!

02-14-2011, 09:16 PM
Yes, a great angle. Something that really catches your eye. I would definitely finish it off the edge. And it won't require much. Very nice.

02-17-2011, 06:50 PM
I love adding color to my work...but...I feel like it just isn't looking right. I still need to work on the rock but I wanted to get a base coat down...maybe the wolf doesn't look as bad as I think? :( C&C please!

02-17-2011, 06:55 PM
Nothing wrong with that colour or that wolf Jessica. It's gorgeous. The rock is looking nice too. The fur work (especially around the snout) is wonderful.

Can't wait to see what you do with that.

I have a little ampersand tool with 4 prongs on it that I used for my rock on the Pallas Cat.

Looking forward to the next update.

02-17-2011, 06:59 PM
Thanks, Lesley! :) I tend to be hard on myself when it comes to my work...I need to stop doing that :P

Thanks for the 4 prong tool technique! I actually have one...well...two of them since my first one I was scratching and my dog suddenly barked and it made me jump and the little prong bent :lol:

Oh, I remember you mentioning you work with inktense pencils for inking...I recently bought some on sale. How do you apply them to your SB?

02-17-2011, 07:43 PM
Jessica, I usually rub them onto some rough textured paper and wet it and then apply. The pencils are great but derwent have just released a new product - Inktense blocks. The pencils are really great for small areas but not soo good for large areas. This is where the blocks come in handy. Check out their website and have a look. They sound exciting.

Harry Seymour
02-17-2011, 08:55 PM
This is progressing well and the coloration looks good. On my monitor it looks a little dark. Don't be afraid to bring out the highlights.

02-18-2011, 11:22 AM
Love the fur on his neck and snout. Rock is looking good. The leg seems a bit off. Probably just the odd angle that the wolf is sitting at.

02-18-2011, 10:12 PM
I just think the whole concept of this 'looking up' is fantastic and you are executing it really well.

02-18-2011, 10:36 PM
Looking at the perspective if I view it more from the looking up perspective that paw looks good. I wasn't catching that before.

02-18-2011, 11:07 PM
Jessica, I forgot to mention that when I wet the paper where I have applied the pencil, I then apply that to the board with a brush.

02-19-2011, 01:02 AM
Harry- Thanks for the tip!
Patrick- Thank you! That means a lot :)
Angela- Thanks! I still need to figure out what I want to do with those paw pads.
Lesley- Ahh ok! I was testing the inktense on my spare board and applying the pencil wet to the board works really well for covering mistakes at least. I plan to try your technique next.

02-26-2011, 08:28 PM
I haven't posted an update on this piece because I've had to the side for awhile. I put more work into the rock and did a little more inking. I'm trying to figure out if the wolf is done and I'm starting to over ink it...Feedback please :)

02-26-2011, 08:48 PM
I think the coloring on the wolf looks fine, maybe some highlites now would give him a wee bit more depth, the rock looks like it is coming along great.


02-27-2011, 04:18 PM
Thanks, Wendy!

02-27-2011, 05:39 PM
It's looking really good. I adore the angle. I do think though that the leg and the back (down on the lower right) could do with some finer scratching to show more layers of fur. At the moment those sections look like lines whereas the rest looks like fur. I hope that makes sense :)

02-27-2011, 07:21 PM
Thanks, Patrick! That makes perfect sense! I tend to get a little confused on how to do leg fur because to me it looks like the fur is going all in one direction. I'll try adding some more stray/criss crossing fur.