View Full Version : Boston Terrier WIP

02-27-2011, 08:18 PM
I taught a short 3-hour workshop yesterday with a Boston Terrier as our subject. I taught the class at a local animal sanctuary - A Chance for Bliss (http://www.achanceforbliss.com) (of course I have to put in a plug for them). They have many Bostons in their home and lots of other critters (outside) as well, so a Boston was the obvious choice.

We used 4" x 4" Ampersand Claybord and a good time was had by all. I didn't think about it, but should have taken photos of the student pieces. I did have someone take a photo of us huddled around the dining table though. That's me standing.


I didn't make much progress on my demo drawing, which is actually good, because now I can do it as a WIP. I used a 5" x 5" Claybord.


What you see here are the large dark parts painted with India ink and the finer areas stippled in with the nearly dry brush or drawn with a Rapidograph. I plan to have a dark background at the bottom right and medium-toned on the left, tapering to white at the top, but didn't want the students to have to deal with that, so I haven't painted that in yet. I also did a little bit of scratching in a few areas and the larger eye has been scratched and re-inked a time or two.

The finished piece will be similar to this snow leopard.

02-28-2011, 01:14 AM
It looks like everyone was having a good time :) I look forward to watching your Boston evolve

02-28-2011, 02:18 AM
Well done on the course :clap:

I really like the leopard so I think this dog will look superb

Harry Seymour
02-28-2011, 08:39 AM
Great scratching style. Looking forward to seeing more.

02-28-2011, 09:52 AM
Ann.....good on ya..( teaching the class)... im curious as to how small ( size ) of a rapidograph you can use without clogging problems......

02-28-2011, 02:44 PM
It look s like a fun class! I like the way the leopard is done...the pup is looking terrific already!

02-28-2011, 03:43 PM
Thanks for your comments, everyone!

Rod-man, I use 000 and 00 Rapidographs a lot, yes, they get clogged, but I try to dust the board frequently and it's not too bad. In the early stages, when the clay is still fairly smooth, I'm drawing lines and clogging isn't really an issue. As the surface gets more scratched up, I shift to stippling.

I definitely have a love-hate relationship with those pens, but it's more love than hate.

02-28-2011, 04:34 PM
Sounds like a great class!:clap: Wish there was one in my area!

03-01-2011, 03:33 PM
More inking, more scratching.

I was working at my "secondary studio" (aka the living room couch) last night and didn't feel like dragging out the paint brush and a bottle of ink, so I just scribbled and stippled the background areas with a 0 Rapidograph. The ink marks on the really white areas of her head and chest will be ghosts of their former selves when the drawing is finished.


Here's a detail:


Diana Lee
03-01-2011, 08:30 PM
Another new technique and style. It never ceases to amaze me how versatile scratchboard is! Great job here! I am eager to see more!


03-01-2011, 10:00 PM
thanks Ann...i would have never thought you could get away with a 000...heck..i have trouble with those on hot press illustration board

03-01-2011, 11:34 PM
this is a great thread Ann. Love your technique. Looking forward to it's progress.

03-02-2011, 12:08 AM

03-02-2011, 12:39 AM
Very nice style. How do you keep from getting those pens clogged?

03-02-2011, 02:51 PM
Very nice style. How do you keep from getting those pens clogged?

Ahhh, the pens DO clog, but not so much that I want to hurl them across the room. That only happens when I've let them go too long without using - and that's my fault, not the board's!

I try not to let the dust accumulate on the board and in areas where I've done a lot of scratching, I switch to stippling or drawing lightly across the grain. Blobs do build up on the pen tip and I wipe those off on the edge of the reference photo.

I made more progress last night. I'll try to get it scanned and posted later today.

Harry Seymour
03-02-2011, 03:37 PM
Very interesting approach. Looks great.

03-02-2011, 06:44 PM
This looks brilliant. It's a great way to combine the good elements of both pen and scratch.

I used to use rapidographs but with the advent of good fibre-tipped pens, I got lazy. They never go down to the small size that rapidographs do, but they're not too bad - and no cleaning.

03-03-2011, 02:57 AM
I used to use rapidographs but with the advent of good fibre-tipped pens, I got lazy. They never go down to the small size that rapidographs do, but they're not too bad - and no cleaning.

I like those pens too, Patrick (the Microns & such) but the black doesn't match the ink I'm using when I work on boards. I use them for drawing on paper and Bristol though and they're wonderful. We used them in the workshop and we found they were clogging too! But I certainly can't expect students to invest in Rapidographs, so we made it work. Giving the Microns a rest and scribbling on scratch paper seemed to revive most of them.

03-03-2011, 03:11 AM
I've done more scratching, with some re-inking and here's the result. I need to switch gears and finish a couple of other projects, so it'll be a little while before I get back to this one, but I promise I'll post more later.



Here I'm trying to show how I work the background. The part outlined in blue looked like the part above it, then I cross-hatch scratched it. Next to that (outlined in purple) is the hatch-scratching that I've stippled over. I'll scratch and ink with smaller scratches and fewer stipples to fine tune it to a smooth gradient of tones. For backgrounds on small drawings like this, I just use a #16 x-acto blade, on a larger drawing, I'd use the Ampersand 4-pin tool for the cross-hatching.

Harry Seymour
03-03-2011, 08:35 AM
Great technique and thanks for the illustration.

03-03-2011, 11:01 AM
Looking great, Ann! It has been fun watching you progress through this piece using your unique style. :thumbsup:

03-03-2011, 01:32 PM
Really nice work Ann! Please show us more!

03-03-2011, 06:08 PM
This is quite intriguing to watch progress. Nice work.


03-10-2011, 02:28 PM
Some more work done on this girl. Mostly the background, although I've made progress on the dog also. The background is probably complete, but there will likely be some minor tweaks when the dog is finished.


and a detail:


Maxime Thiffault
03-10-2011, 02:58 PM
Beautifull, I like it.

03-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Finished! I've decided to call it "Boston Style".

It's on a 5" x 5" Ampersand Claybord.

I also made a WIP video of it, but our internet's been temperamental with the rainy weather, so I haven't been able to upload it. I'll come back here & post the link when it's available. I've "gone mobile" and am checking e-mail and other stuff at a coffee shop right now. Thank goodness for free Wi-Fi :-)


A couple of details:



Harry Seymour
03-19-2011, 10:53 PM
Great finish and wonderful style.

03-21-2011, 11:59 PM
Thanks Harry!

I figured out how to make an animated GIF:


03-22-2011, 01:33 AM

03-22-2011, 03:07 AM
Yeah, love the gif!! It's a wonderful piece!!

03-22-2011, 04:13 AM
Great gif...beautiful piece of art, Ann!

03-22-2011, 07:39 AM
Ann...wonderful finish... I have another tech-pen question. Im wondering if you reduce the ink that you use in the Tech-pens? I almost always reduce ink... no matter how im applying the ink.

03-23-2011, 12:22 AM
Thanks, everyone :)!! I'll be donating part of the money when it sells to A Chance for Bliss, the local animal sanctuary where Angel lives.

Rod, I don't thin the ink that I put in the Rapidographs. I use their UltraDraw ink.

03-23-2011, 10:26 AM

03-23-2011, 04:28 PM
Very cool Ann; thanks for posting the steps and detail shots.

03-23-2011, 09:05 PM
Wonderful artwork Ann!

Harry Seymour
03-23-2011, 09:56 PM
Great gif and thanks for sharing it.