View Full Version : Chess Pieces FINISHED

Diana Lee
04-25-2011, 12:34 PM
Chess Pieces is not what I intend for the title, it is a place holder. I want something like "Chess Is Not A Game, It Is A Battle", but that is too long.
This is on a 12x16 board and so far I am using the scalpel, the Speedball broad nib and a bit of the small fiberglass brush.

This is my own set up. Sorry about the quality of the photo.



04-25-2011, 12:41 PM
Love the way you define those black peices by the reflections!


04-25-2011, 12:48 PM
What a cool subject! I can already tell this is going to be AWESOME!!!

04-25-2011, 12:53 PM

It's looking quite promissing.


04-25-2011, 02:02 PM
Wow, love this one Diana! What a cool subject and composition.

Watching closely and learning.

04-25-2011, 02:40 PM
Its so interesting and its a pile of cress pieces.............I'm gonna say it again...you take the everyday things we have all seen a thousand times and turn it into a memory of some thing or someone or a feeling or a wanting. That's what its all about!

04-25-2011, 02:43 PM
Nice Diana like to see how this progreses.

Harry Seymour
04-25-2011, 04:00 PM
Brilliant subject and under your artistic skill and vision it will surely be another great one.

04-25-2011, 04:13 PM
Diana....soooo cool...you and the art. Didn't you do another chess pieces piece?

04-25-2011, 05:16 PM
Oh this will be good...can't wait to see more!

A title just popped into my head after reading what you wanted for it...how about "Warriors"?

04-25-2011, 06:36 PM
Pulling up a chair agaon Diana! Looks really interesting.

04-25-2011, 06:43 PM
Gads, I can feel them just by looking at them. Spectacular!

04-25-2011, 07:38 PM
Beautiful start!

04-25-2011, 08:26 PM
I love that game. The composition of the pieces makes it look very interesting. This also is on my scratch items "to do" list. This is looking awesome..:clap:

04-25-2011, 08:28 PM
Looks sensational. The pieces are already solid and shiny.

04-25-2011, 11:01 PM
I wonder if there are any surgeons watching to see how well you handle a scalpel.

04-26-2011, 02:23 AM
Another great piece goes under the knife! Lookin' good so far, Diana.

This isn't any shorter, but it's what came to mind since the knight is prominent at this point: "It's Not a Horse, it's a Knight". Comes from a personal pet peeve . . . it always bugged me as a kid when other kids would call it a "horse".

I like Lorna's suggestion of "Warriors".

04-26-2011, 02:34 AM
Diana, The subject is made to look great with your skill in handling . Worth waiting and watching


04-26-2011, 04:01 AM
Fantastic start Diana, can't wait for your next update.

04-26-2011, 10:38 AM
Oh I can't wait to see this one progress. Terrific start.

Diana Lee
04-28-2011, 12:19 PM
Thank you Cinda, those reflections are the funnest part!

Thanks Brett!

Thank you Josť!

Thanks Nancy!

Thank you Pamela, in this instance I chose the subject because I have a "thing" for chess pieces, (and I'm not that good of a player. To me they are so fun to look at.

Thanks Angela!

Thank you Harry!

Thanks Rod! I did do this before. The composition is different, (a different pile)I did an oil painting about 20 years ago and I did a 18x24 scratchboard a few years later. Both are sold. Thank you for remembering!

Thank you Lorna! Hey, you gave me a good idea, How about "Weary Warriors" or "After The Battle"?

Thanks Lesley!

Thank you Karen!

Thank you Irfan!

Thanks Diane! Yes, do them. It is so fun!

Thank you Patrick! I think it is funny how just a few highlights in black background can give solidity to an object.

Thanks Fay! Funny thought! BTW, I didn't take art seriously until my forties as well.

Thanks Ann. I agree about the pet peeve.

Thank you Venkat!

Thanks Mark!

Thank you Lynn!

Here is the latest scan. You will notice I said "scan". I have a new scanner! I got a Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Pro. It scans 11.7 x 16.5. I got it on Amazon.com for $159 and so far I love it!



04-28-2011, 01:32 PM
Woohoo Diana - a new scanner is good for you AND for us. Is it scalpel only on the whitest pieces?

04-28-2011, 01:41 PM
Looking fantastic Diana! I like both those titles!

Diana Lee
04-28-2011, 01:57 PM
Thank you Lynn! I used the Scalpel and an Xacto knife on the white pieces for the strong highlights on both black and white pieces I used the Speedball broad nib. I also used a fiberglass brush, but very little.

Thanks Lorna, I think I will go for "After The Battle"


04-28-2011, 02:55 PM
Loving this and the title is great!

04-28-2011, 07:19 PM
There are at least thirty two lines in this. Must have taken you all of half an hour up to now :lol:

Seriously, my mind boggles at how many strokes you lay down.

04-28-2011, 07:38 PM
What an update!!! I liked the weary warriors. Diana....the next time I need cut on...im going to see if I can get a discount for providing my own surgeon ( You )... you up for it? You don't have the hands OF a surgeon ....you have hands that exceed any surgeons.

04-28-2011, 08:24 PM
Very nice, I love how you were able to created the silky smooth texture of the chess pieces.:wave:

04-28-2011, 09:19 PM
You are a master of scratch Diana. This is so lifelike. Extraordinary!

Harry Seymour
04-28-2011, 10:04 PM
Intriguing and masterfully done.

Diana Lee
05-05-2011, 02:26 PM
Thanks Irfan!:wink2:
Thank you Patrick! This has to be be one of my most "worked" boards. Lots of scratches!:eek:
Thanks Rod! Hey, I'll do your surgery and leave a mighty decorative scar to boot!!:lol:
Thank you Peter! Long time no see (so to speak). How have you been?
Aw, thanks Lesley!:o
Thank you Harry! A kind thing to say!:wave:
I have been working three boards and so I got a bit behind on this one. And then when I finally got back to it I got so involved I didn't scan until now so there is a lot of new scratches. You can kinda see which are going to be the white pieces, but you have to look real hard. I sure am having fun with this!




05-05-2011, 02:30 PM
Great work, Diana...love the shine/light on the pieces!

05-05-2011, 03:44 PM
I am amazed how much shape you are able to give to the black pieces with only scratching the highlights. I love this!! :thumbsup:

05-05-2011, 07:03 PM
Love the different textures between the white and black pieces. A great study piece for us and thanks for the closeups Diana.

05-06-2011, 08:03 AM
Diana : Reflections invite attention. Looks GREAT

Harry Seymour
05-06-2011, 08:40 AM
Great work going on here.

Diane Cutter
05-06-2011, 09:01 AM
I love the light-against-dark/dark-against-light here. This is the perfect piece to show just how effective that is. Thanks for such detailed pics! What beauty!


05-06-2011, 12:22 PM
Very nice Diana. I like how they are all in a jumble. Yep lots of scratches on this one.

05-06-2011, 12:31 PM
Diana, This piece takes my breath away, so exquisite. I love the composition of jumbled pieces, nicely done. The reflections are right on and make the piece sing. I like how you have textured each one so differently, I don't quite understand how you did the white pieces, was this done on white board or how did you get the texture marks on the white if the white was scraped off?

Diana Lee
05-06-2011, 03:05 PM
Thank you Lorna!!
Thanks Brett!
Thank you Lesley!
Thanks Venkat. I, too, love reflections!
Thanks Harry!
Thank you Diane!
Thanks Angela! This is my third piece of chess pieces in a jumble. The game of chess is so structured that there is some kind of release seeing them in such disarray.
Thanks Gail! There is texture on the white because I didn't just scrape the black off. It was removed with layers and layers of scratching with a scalpel and the pointed Speedball nib. I wanted them to have texture. Each white piece has it's own "grain" I scratched in the direction from the top of the chess piece to the bottom of the chess piece. Hope that made sense.


05-06-2011, 09:03 PM
Amazing....I'm just blown away by this, it's hard to think of the right words!

05-07-2011, 10:48 AM
Great piece Diana - love the shine:thumbsup:

Diana Lee
05-11-2011, 03:16 PM
Thank you Dusty!
Thanks Jenny!

Here is the latest scan. I would have to say that none of the pieces are actually finished. They all need cleaning up and a couple (the white knight and the white castle) need to be worked on and completed.

This piece has been taking up most of my time and energy. It is fun though I am getting ready to move on.



Harry Seymour
05-11-2011, 03:20 PM
I'm in awe of your talent.

05-11-2011, 06:25 PM
How did you work this composition out Diana? Did you just let them fall or did you arrange them? Either way, it's amazing!

05-11-2011, 09:39 PM
I don't understand how I missed this. wow, How about MEN AT ARMS? Just a thought. Diana, the pieces actually look like they have a weight. Like you can feel it. Far out. :D

05-11-2011, 09:41 PM
Gosh Diana, such patience and skill. I can see why you are ready to move on. So many thousands of little scratches. Wonderful wonderful piece of art.

05-11-2011, 10:42 PM
This one turned out great but it looks like it was a lot of work.

05-11-2011, 11:21 PM
Very nice Diana.


Diana Lee
05-12-2011, 01:36 AM
Aw, thanks Harry.:o

Thank you Patrick. First I just let them drop, then I brought forward my favorites, the Knights. A few of the pieces were laying so you could see the bottoms and I didn't want them to show much. It was a cheap $3.99 set of chess pieces with hollow bottoms and I wanted them to look classier. I left one piece with the bottom showing because I thought it would look too staged if there wasn't at least one, (even if it really was staged).:lol:

Harold, glad you made it. I like your title, but I think I will go for After The Battle.:wink2:

Thanks Lesley! I did have fun with this, but I really do prefer a variety of textures in a piece.

Thank you Jack! It was a lot of work, but aren't they all?

Thanks Wendy!


05-12-2011, 01:50 AM
Absolutely stunning, Diana! You're so skilled at getting smooth gradations. And I love the positive/negative space in this piece. Yes, lots and lots of scratches - wow!!!

05-12-2011, 03:17 AM
Thank you Patrick. First I just let them drop, then I brought forward my favorites, the Knights. A few of the pieces were laying so you could see the bottoms and I didn't want them to show much. It was a cheap $3.99 set of chess pieces with hollow bottoms and I wanted them to look classier. I left one piece with the bottom showing because I thought it would look too staged if there wasn't at least one, (even if it really was staged).:lol:
Thanks Diana. I once carved a chess set (well, butchered more like :lol:) which would have been good to do but my brother has it in England.

05-12-2011, 08:32 AM
Diana, This makes me understand, once again, your talent is unlimited! Awesome work. Rick

I did not read all text, sorry. If you are still looking for a title Battlefield seems to fit.

05-12-2011, 10:41 AM
Very beautiful work Diana. How about "tabletop warriors" as a title. Those black pieces are amazing!!

05-12-2011, 12:19 PM
OMG! I LOVE this piece....or should I say....these pieces? :confused:
You are amazin!
Keep on Scratchin'

as for a title......I will always see this as your Knights and Bishops,
Scratchboard Goddess Princess Diana :wink2::D:heart:

Diana Lee
05-12-2011, 05:40 PM
Thank you Ann, yep, lots and lots!:D
Thanks Patrick, you need to get them shipped to you so you can do it!:thumbsup:
Aw, thanks Rick!:wave:
Thank you Beth Ann!:wink2:
Allan, you sweet thing!!!:o

Well guys, I would like to stick a fork in this piece and call it done! Let me know if you see anything that screams out atcha. I will hold off spraying for a few days.

I will be calling it "End Of The Battle"



05-12-2011, 05:42 PM
Perfect title for a perfect piece!! :thumbsup:

05-12-2011, 06:49 PM
I absolutely love this Diana

05-12-2011, 07:58 PM

05-12-2011, 10:08 PM
Really strong piece! Love the reflections on the black pieces.

05-13-2011, 02:16 AM
I agree with Cathy...a really strong piece. I wish I could see it in person. Once again a winner, Diana!

05-13-2011, 08:53 AM
Diana... you are something extra. I love what you have done here. These K.I.A. have such a FEEL to them.. not only is this a perfect subject for SB. The viewers eye recognizes the texture or finish of the pieces...very convincing!

05-15-2011, 01:31 AM
Amazing as usual!

05-15-2011, 09:53 PM
Great job and good title too.

05-16-2011, 04:47 PM
Absolutely fantastic Diana; and love the title!

05-18-2011, 02:02 AM
Amazing work as usual Diana.....and the title "End Of The Battle" I think, is perfect.

05-19-2011, 11:18 AM
A beauty!