View Full Version : German Shepherd Pup - FINISHED

04-19-2011, 05:53 AM
Ok, so I'm finally doing a black board . . . I've seen such fantastic work on that surface from this group, that I have to give it a go. I've done plenty of work on white Claybord and white EssDee, but only two other pieces on the black.

I have other art projects I should be doing, but I really had an itch I had to scratch ;), and wanted to at least get started on this guy. Not sure when I'll get back to it to post more progress . . .

This is "Rommel", a pup I met at a local event a few years ago, from my own photo reference. I had done an ACEO of him in pencil and knew he'd be a good scratchboard subject. I liked the crop on the ACEO, so I did the same thing for this one on a 5 x 7 board.

BTW, I'm using a #11 X-Acto blade - it's working well enough. I'm being extra careful to use a light touch so I don't gouge the board - so far, so good! But I'm still partial to my #16 blades. I'll see this one through with the #11, though, maybe I'll be in love by the time I'm finished!

Harry Seymour
04-19-2011, 07:40 AM
Ann--great start. I really like your subtle technique. Looking forward to seeing it progress.

04-19-2011, 08:19 AM
I think you and fur are made for each other!!

04-19-2011, 08:59 AM
Sweeeeet start!

04-19-2011, 10:26 AM
Great so far - you have a nice touch; the inside of that ear looks wonderful. Pulling up a chair to watch.

04-19-2011, 10:32 AM
Very nice. The details in that ear are well done. I've pulled up a chair beside Lynn to watch.

04-19-2011, 11:45 AM
Great start . looking forward to updates.

04-19-2011, 12:00 PM
looks like you are off to a great start and with a nice photo to work from. I'll be watching.

04-19-2011, 12:55 PM
Ann, I use a #11 Exacto knife too. What's the difference between the #11 and #16? Does the higher number indicate a smaller blade tip for smaller marks? I would love a smaller blade.

BTW, you're definitely off to a great start on this. He's a lovely model :)

04-19-2011, 01:23 PM
If this start is any indication, you definitely should make time for more blackboards. This is looking great. 

04-19-2011, 01:52 PM
This Is Going To Be Great!!!!

04-19-2011, 02:07 PM
Sweeeeet start!

Most definitely!... He's a Sweet ":heart: " too!!! :clap:

04-19-2011, 03:28 PM
The breed I started with...this is looking awesome!

04-19-2011, 11:56 PM
Thanks for your wonderful comments everyone - they are much appreciated! Those of you who have pulled up chairs may want to get up and stretch, do some gardening, make dinner, whatever ;), it will be a while before I get back to this one.

Don't you just love his little tiny baby teeth?

Nancy, you asked about the #16 blade . . . it has a different angle at the tip than the #11. It's not a smaller blade. I think you'd have to go to a scalpel for that - other members can chime in on that one. I haven't used a scalpel either. It seems that most everyone is using the #11 or a scalpel. I learned with a #16, so that's what I've always used. I figured it was time to see how I feel about the #11.

04-20-2011, 02:39 AM
Off to a really great start Ann!

Try other tools by all means, experiment and have fun, but if you're like me, you always return to the one(s) you're most comfortable with.:)

04-20-2011, 02:46 AM
Well Iwas gonna have a seat and watch along too....but Sammy pulled the chair out from under me :eek: That's ok though....I'll just lay here on the floor and take a nap until you get back:D :thumbsup:
Lovin how your workin this board :thumbsup:

04-20-2011, 04:43 PM
Excellent scratching so far, Ann!! Love the crop. :thumbsup:

04-20-2011, 09:12 PM
I really like this already - great crop too. Looking forward to watching this develop:thumbsup:

04-21-2011, 10:09 AM
Brilliant start! I look forward to more!:)

05-08-2011, 02:40 AM
I've gotten a bit more work done on this guy. Heading out to the couch to watch TV and scratch some more. The couch is my "alternate studio".

05-09-2011, 02:20 AM
Ooh looking great Ann. You have a beautiful way with the knife and your scratching is fabulous.

05-09-2011, 04:06 AM
"alternate studio".....It IS my studio! :D
It's lookin' good :thumbsup: Love the expression.

05-09-2011, 04:19 AM
He's looking wonderful! I love his ear. I tried all day to get a good shot of a shepherd at the dog show...no luck. Your photo is so nice.

A tip about the #11...change it often if you want to keep the lines fine.

05-09-2011, 07:23 AM
This is going to be gorgeous!

05-09-2011, 12:32 PM
Very good start--this is going to be a beauty when it's done!

05-09-2011, 02:24 PM
Your shephard is looking great. I like the ear too.

Harry Seymour
05-09-2011, 02:26 PM
Looking great so far.

05-09-2011, 05:13 PM
This is looking exceptional. I don't think it matters what you use to scratch.

05-09-2011, 06:24 PM
Thank you Lesley, Allan, Lorna, Judy, BethAnn, Angela, Harry & Harold!

Allan - I do have a "studio" of sorts, but it's a combo of computer room and very messy place with stuff all over the perimeter floor and things advancing out of the closet! There is a work station, but I don't like working flat on boards, I'm much more comfortable with them propped up against my knee on the couch.

Lorna - thanks for the reminder! I think I hang onto a blade too long, but when I find it getting dull, I'll switch to areas where I don't need a really thin or crisp line. Then I'll finally change it. If you'd like a Shepherd photo, I have quite a few of adult dogs (portrait subjects over the years). This is the best reference I have of this little guy, although I probably have a couple others that are good.

I've gotten more work done on this one, but I'll wait to post until I have more done and 'cause I have other things I should be doing. Lunch and then a horse portrait (pencil) are calling me!

05-10-2011, 01:43 AM
Ann, he is such a cutie and love how you've capture his expression.

Diana Lee
05-10-2011, 12:17 PM
EXCELLENT!!!! Wonderful tool work! I think ears are hard to do, but you sure made it look easy.


05-10-2011, 03:54 PM
Thank you Diane & Diana :)

Dog ears are a combo of skin (with folds), hair and really fine hair. I just had to be careful with the transition. I do need to come back in and add some tiny dark hairs with a pen.

05-12-2011, 08:14 PM
oo - oo - oo
I got to this this one LIVE today!
The next installment will be just as awesome as the previous updates.

It was quite fun meeting you today Ann - great art you have.
You folks should see her graphite art!

05-12-2011, 09:59 PM
What a great looking pup, all ears. Your ears look great too and I am looking forward to seeing the completed piece.

05-13-2011, 01:07 AM
Thanks Jean & Fay :)

It was great to meet you today, Jean! So glad you were able to stop by the Gallery to chat. I really enjoyed "talking scratch" with you.

05-22-2011, 01:23 AM
I've gotten some more done on this guy.

05-22-2011, 01:25 AM
A couple of details from the previous post.
The eyes have been scratched, inked (stippled) & scratched. Same with a few parts of the ears, but most of it has just been scratched once.

05-22-2011, 02:44 AM
Ann : The close up[s show how much details you have put in on your own even though the reference is not of much help in that respect . After fine tuning
this is heading to a splendid finish .

05-22-2011, 03:36 AM
I totally agree with Venkat...awesome work Ann!

05-22-2011, 05:30 AM
Yes, lots of scratching here Anne and it's looking wonderful

05-22-2011, 06:51 AM
Beautiful work Ann

Harry Seymour
05-22-2011, 10:47 AM
Very skillfully done.

05-22-2011, 01:14 PM
Lovely job so far Ann!!

05-22-2011, 05:36 PM
Thank you Venkat. I do try to read more into the reference if necessary. This one is actually pretty good, I only posted a small version of it. It's my own digital photo, so I can zoom in on areas if I need to, but there are some dark areas that I'm ad-libbing as I go.

Thank you too, Lorna, Lesley, Mark, Harry & Sue :)

I'm going to put this guy aside for a while. There's an equine art show in September with an entry postmark deadline of July 1. I want to try to get a small board done for that. I already have my photo set up & cropped. Have to finish up a couple of other things and then I can start on it. I wish this show had a web site to share with you, it's always a nice show. I enter a piece every other year and usually get in. It's held in conjunction with the annual Draft Horse Classic at a fairgrounds less than an hour from my home. We go to the show and check out the gentle giants every year.

Here's the site for the Classic, and there's a link for the art show application as well, if anyone's interested. http://www.nevadacountyfair.com/dhc

I'll start a new thread for the art show. Should've thought to do that sooner, but I was hem-hawing about entering, so it wasn't foremost in my mind.

05-23-2011, 04:20 PM
Excellent work Ann. I was very happy to see the closeups. Good luck with equine show.

Kaz in NZ
05-23-2011, 04:24 PM
Looks awesome already Ann, the likeness is spot on already, will be nice to watch the progress :)

05-23-2011, 09:34 PM
Looking great, Ann! Definitely has that alert look you think of with German Shepherds. I'll be watching for updates once you have a chance to get back to this.

Best of luck with the equine show. :crossfingers:

Diana Lee
05-24-2011, 12:36 PM
Oh your pup is GREAT!!!!! You've captured character in your image and your tool work is exceptional! I love your black board work, I want more!!!!


06-29-2011, 05:24 PM
Wellllll . . . only a month later and I've gotten a some more done on this board. But I'm headed toward the finish line!

I really think I'm leaning toward adding color to this one (how's that for decisiveness?). That'll be something new for me, but I'm game to give it a go. I have a set of Inktense pencils, so that's what I'll try since I've seen positive reports about them from many of you.

06-29-2011, 10:39 PM
Gorgeous piece Ann!

06-30-2011, 12:53 AM
Great work, Ann.:thumbsup:

06-30-2011, 11:16 AM
Looking good.

07-23-2011, 07:44 PM
Okey dokey . . . finally done with this guy in terms of the scratching - at least the bulk of it. I'll probably fine tune a bit more, but I'm ready to color it now.

Wish me luck - this'll be the first black board I'll try coloring. Of course I'll test it out on a scrap board first. Eh, don't hold your breath though, not exactly sure when I'll move on to the coloring phase.

07-23-2011, 07:54 PM
Oh Me Likey....Me likey lotsy!
Man....I gotta hang around some one other than my kids! :lol:
Good luck on your coloring! It's easy......
according to everyone else! :D
I'm sure you will do fine! :thumbsup:

07-23-2011, 07:58 PM
Thanks Allen, for the "likey" and the encouragement on the coloring.

I'm very happy with it the way it is, but I think coloring it will really add another level to it, so I have to color it!

07-23-2011, 08:38 PM
WOW, this looks great! :clap: You did an outstanding job on the face...:thumbsup:

07-23-2011, 09:34 PM
Absolutely gorgeous - great scratching too! I'll be watching out for the colouring of this one.

07-24-2011, 07:13 PM
Fantastic work! Love it Ann!

Diana Lee
07-24-2011, 08:35 PM
This is a great board as is, I'm sure with color it will knock our soxs off!!!!
The only advice I will offer is check out a demo I did for coloring SB. It may, or may not, help.



07-24-2011, 10:46 PM
Ann, amazing work on the fur and ears and all the other parts! Looking forward to see how you color it.


Harry Seymour
07-27-2011, 10:40 PM
Ann-you've done a terrific piece of work here.

11-28-2011, 05:24 PM
Ok, folks, here's the final - with color. I'm at the point where I'm fidgeting with it, so I just need to put the brush down and step away!


The color is pretty subtle, but that's what I wanted. I was going for just a hint of color, not to make it look fully painted, because I wanted the underlying scratching to define the drawing, if that makes sense. And since this is my first colored black board and it's only a 5 x 7, I didn't want to overwork the color.

I think it has the effect similar to a hand-tinted black & white photo and that's what I was trying to get.

I used Inktense Pencils. I scribbled with the pencils on a piece of Yupo (I use it a lot, so I have lots of scraps) and added water to get the colors I wanted. I like the way they work, so I'll definitely use them again.

I haven't sprayed it yet, so if you see anything amiss, please let me know!

Oh, and I don't have a title yet, so any thoughts would be appreciated. The pup's name is Rommel, so I could just call it that, but I'm not sold on it.

11-28-2011, 07:34 PM
Just beautiful Ann. I love it!

11-28-2011, 08:59 PM
What was Rommel called? The Desert Fox. Of course, that might be confusing.

Lovely piece Ann.

11-28-2011, 09:46 PM
You captured that cute little pup look Perfectly :thumbsup: He's just Lookin' for someone to give him a good scratch behind the ears! Excellent job on the coloring too. It works NICELY! :clap: Be VERY proud of this one :thumbsup:

11-29-2011, 02:13 AM
It's gorgeous, Ann!

11-29-2011, 07:05 PM
Beautifully done Ann - he looks a real sweetie!

11-29-2011, 07:14 PM
what a great expression - you did great!

11-29-2011, 07:55 PM
I am with Cathy on this one you did great!

11-29-2011, 08:36 PM
Thank you all, I appreciate your comments! Glad you like it :D

So I guess I'll spray it. . . No rain in the forecast, but we had fog today. Hopefully that will be gone tomorrow so I can spray without worries of humidity.

Patrick - I thought of the "Rommel" variant also, but you're right, many people wouldn't get it and might be confused.

12-01-2011, 01:11 AM
Terrific finish, Ann.

12-01-2011, 02:46 AM
Thank you, Harold!

We had a lot of wind today, so that did a nice job of getting rid of the fog & humidity. "Rommel" is now sprayed and in a frame. I'm doing a scratchboard demo at our co-op gallery on Friday night, I'll have it there with me.

12-01-2011, 11:15 AM
Love it!

12-07-2011, 04:09 PM
Absolutely beautiful Ann!