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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.

Diana

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2011/5-Image1.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2011/5-Image1detail.jpg

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

Cinda

Buggin3
04-25-2011, 12:48 PM
What a cool subject! I can already tell this is going to be AWESOME!!!

Bringer
04-25-2011, 12:53 PM
Hi,

It's looking quite promissing.

Josť

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

Watching closely and learning.

pamelalbd
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!

birdlover
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.

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

lorna12
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"?

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

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

03ahmed
04-25-2011, 07:38 PM
Beautiful start!

theBoardLady
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:

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

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

PaintDog
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".

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

Venkat

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

FoggyMountain
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!

Diana

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Apr-2011/5-Image3.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Apr-2011/5-3_detail.jpg

FoggyMountain
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?

lorna12
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"

Diana

03ahmed
04-28-2011, 02:55 PM
Loving this and the title is great!

PatrickHedges
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.

Rodman
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.

pfalvo
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:

artofnature
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!

Diana

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2011/5-scan_4.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2011/5-scan_4detail.jpg

lorna12
05-05-2011, 02:30 PM
Great work, Diana...love the shine/light on the pieces!

Buggin3
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:

artofnature
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.

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

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!

Diane

birdlover
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.

artbygail
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?
Gail

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.

Diana

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

jeniart
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.

Diana

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2011/5-scan_5.jpg

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

PatrickHedges
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!

Garbonzo
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

artofnature
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.

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

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

Wendy

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!

Diana

PaintDog
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!!!

PatrickHedges
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.

GoldenArt
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.

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

aaces
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"

Diana

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2011/5-scan_6.jpg

Buggin3
05-12-2011, 05:42 PM
Perfect title for a perfect piece!! :thumbsup:

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

jbeausoleil
05-12-2011, 07:58 PM
stunning!

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

lorna12
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!

Rodman
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!

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

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

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

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

03ahmed
05-19-2011, 11:18 AM
A beauty!