View Full Version : Little Ninja - WIP

03-15-2011, 04:54 PM
Hi all! My son who is 6 has been bugging me constantly about when I'm going to do a scratchboard of him... when, when, when? Okay, I'm on it! He posed in his ninja costume for this one. I'm not sure where I'm going on the background but he did mention he might want to see a dragon in there. Yikes!

It's an 8x10 and so far I've only used a scalpel. It's getting dull though. Where do you guys buy yours from???

I'm including a close up (I've got to address the highlight in the nearest eye - looks a little off... help welcome!!) and a shot in which you can see the whole board and how much I need to clean my scanner!:lol:



Diana Lee
03-15-2011, 06:37 PM
This is so you! I would recognize that style anywhere. Looking super!!!!!! Did you take a photo to use as a reference? Could I see the eyes if you did?


03-15-2011, 07:01 PM
Here's the reference... Thanks for looking at it Diana!


Diana Lee
03-15-2011, 07:28 PM
What a cutie you have there! Only please tell him I actually said "Oh what a scary Ninja you have there!"

In the photo there are three dots. I changed it to the three dots, how's that?



03-15-2011, 07:55 PM
Nice fix Diana.

Emily, this looks like it's going to be awesome. He's going to be thrilled when you are finished.

Harry Seymour
03-15-2011, 08:05 PM
I saw your WIP and was about to type "This is so you," and then I saw Diane's comment- oh well. Great start.

03-16-2011, 12:12 AM
Looking good. I buy my scalpels, from a medical suppy store. They are about 35.00 CAD for 100. But you can buy the per each if you want.


03-16-2011, 03:02 AM
Such a fierce looking fellow. Wonderful work Emily...he's gonna love it!

I buy mine at Havel's...just the ends (box of 100) that fit into a Xacto blade, though they probably have the full disposable one's, too. Reasonable prices, too.

03-16-2011, 10:32 AM
Nice job so far; I like Diana's fix too. Can't wait to see this one progress.

03-16-2011, 01:08 PM
This is going to be awesome and I love your illustrative style so much. Looking at the work on your website I'd say that strong highlights in the eyes is definitely your thing and I can see why you did that.

Can't wait to see your next update. :D

03-16-2011, 04:52 PM
Alright, thanks to Diana, I've got the eye fixed up right! :D
I've gotten a little more work done... open for comments.


03-16-2011, 04:54 PM
E.... forget the scalpel....do the rest of this piece with one of your sons throwing stars!!!! Problem solved!... of course ill be checking back in.

03-16-2011, 05:28 PM
Amazing job with his expression. Looks like he is ready to fight. He'll love it for sure.

03-16-2011, 08:13 PM
It's all good but LOVE the hair!!

Harry Seymour
03-16-2011, 08:26 PM
It is coming along great. A kid would say "awesome," and me too.

Diana Lee
03-17-2011, 02:43 AM
This is really looking incredible!!! He is going to be so proud!!!


03-17-2011, 04:51 PM
Not much progress but I did want to show you the background. I used a emory board/nail buff thingy to get a smoky-ish background - it's supposed to look cloudy and I don't think my scanner got the full effect. I was watching the videos from Indy last year and saw Lorna using it and thought I'd give it a try. I really like it! Thanks Lorna!

Somehow (???) I am going to put a dragon twisting through the mist. I'm trying to think of a way to do it and keep the attention mainly on my little ninja. I may have to give it a dark wash when I'm done... but I'm not there yet!!


03-17-2011, 06:03 PM
Awesome !!

03-18-2011, 04:30 AM
Wicked cool, Emily!

03-18-2011, 07:26 AM
Smoke dragon?

Harry Seymour
03-18-2011, 10:03 AM
Looking good and I like your plans for the dragon.

03-18-2011, 12:22 PM
I would totally look to Rodman for any advice about putting a twisting dragon in there. :D

03-18-2011, 01:35 PM
Eeee! Dragon!
Tell me guys, is the dragon far enough in the background so far? I'm trying to be really light as I'm working on it. I tried a regular eraser and it must not be hard enough - it didn't take enough off. Looked for ink eraser, pencil eraser combo at Wal-mart while I was there and they didn't have any! What's with that?!

So my technique is to use a combination of fg brush and the side of a carbide tip to almost burnish the ink away. My inspiration with the dragon comes from a very neat old Chinese scroll called the "Nine Dragons Scroll". You can see it here (http://www.cossdesign.com/ASSETS/Artworks/NineDragonsScroll.jpg). I think it fits with the mood of my ninja scratchboard. :music:



Diane Cutter
03-19-2011, 12:27 AM
Oh, the dragon is perfect. Still the main focus on the ninja but a sense of danger... and a ninja that can handle it!


03-19-2011, 12:47 AM
I love the looks of the dragon...he's fierce like the ninja! Perhaps if the dragon (and cloudy area around it) had a diluted ink wash over it to push it back a bit more, so as to appear to be emerging from darkness ...sneaking up on the ninja... it might be more mysterious/dramatic and even a bit scary. Just my 2 cents worth of suggestion.:D

03-19-2011, 01:06 AM
Ink erasers are hard to come by for some reason. This is looking very ninjarific. :D I'm with Lorna on the ink wash to push the dragon back a bit. I love it.

03-19-2011, 03:25 AM
Great work Emily, I'm anxious to see the finished board.

03-19-2011, 01:13 PM
OH YEA!!!..that's working..... you own it

Harry Seymour
03-19-2011, 01:22 PM
Well done!

03-19-2011, 01:32 PM
OOOOwwww Very exciting!! What great expression of intensity in the eyes!

03-19-2011, 03:20 PM
Yeah, Lorna, I think you're right about hitting it with an ink wash. The position of the dragon, as it is, draws a little too much attention but I was leaving room for the rest of the dragon. I am still going to put the hind leg and tail lower down on the board.

So with the position and it's brightness it may take several washes.
:( *sigh* Ink washes are not my forte.

03-19-2011, 08:27 PM
Great job on the dragon! This is going to be a spectacular board and your son will be so proud of it :thumbsup:

03-19-2011, 09:29 PM
I too think this turned out fantabulous, especially with the addition of the dragon. I am going to try that emery board tip. Great way to hide the smudges and such.

03-22-2011, 10:11 AM
I couldn't get my picture to upload yesterday so I'm trying today.


Grr... The image uploads fine but it's not putting on here. This is the same problem that I ran into yesterday.

(Edit - image fixed, (patrick))


I've gotten the whole dragon done and added several ink washes. I think that pushed it nicely into the background (hopefully not too far). I need fresh eyes to be able to tell - I've been looking at it so much that the dragon is the first thing I see when I look at the board. So, tell me what you think. Any last minute corrections, touch ups that you see also, be sure to let me know!

Harry Seymour
03-22-2011, 10:13 AM
Emily -this looks great. I really like the subtle treatment of the dragon.

03-22-2011, 05:05 PM
I showed it to Dominic and got a big "Wooo!" from him. He really liked being able to spy the dragon.
It was worth it to see the look on his face!!

03-22-2011, 05:14 PM
E... I finally got the pic to open....cool cool.

Diane Cutter
03-22-2011, 07:55 PM
Yes, pushing back the dragon makes him more menacing and makes the focus even more on your ninja... Super job!


03-22-2011, 08:23 PM
Looks so so good!!!

As you can see, I put your image into your previous post. I have the same problem in my browser. Try a different browser or try this. (I'm assuming when you get the page up with your picture uploaded and you click it, the page disappears but no script is placed in the box?)

When that page is up, before clicking it, do a right click, go to properties, or if you are in a different browser, go to 'copy image address'. Copy the image address. Click your image upload page so it disappears. Paste the image address into your answer box and put in front of the address and after it. Those two tags are what makes the image appear (html).

03-22-2011, 08:52 PM
Oh, thanks for fixing that Patrick! I tried to insert it into the message using html code <img src=""> and couldn't get it to work. I'll remember the [IMG] tags. This is the first time I've had trouble with FireFox.

Glad you guys think my board looks alright. I appreciate your compliments!

I'm already off to my next board... :D