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Old 07-29-2007, 09:19 AM
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This is from a larger image by Crias. It's my third effort at scratchboard. It's really small, about 6" x 5".



A couple of details. I haven't got things quite going yet, technically, as you can see from the eye detail, but I'm enjoying the process.





Oops. Just noticed there's some pencil markings still to remove D'oh!!

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Old 07-29-2007, 09:23 AM
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Patrick:
Only your 3rd scratchboard effort!! You'd never know it!
Looks real good!
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:44 AM
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Re: Tiger eye

This is fabulous Patrick. You've got the knack for sure. Love it. Thanks for posting large, not thumbnails... I can't open them up any longer so it is a treat for me to see the artwork!
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It may be small, but it definitely packs a punch.
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Re: Tiger eye

Great line work on the fur, Patrick, particularly over the areas where the fur changes direction and creates whorls and ridges (i.e. below the corner of the eye). I have one small recommendation: when working on things like eyes, try to have the scratches go in the direction of the "markings" in the iris and usually, they tend to radiate out from the pupil (i.e. they're not cross-hatched). I have an example in my calico cat WIP: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=367048

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Re: Tiger eye

Great Patrick -love this. Question though - just how do you post large rather than thumbnail. It took me forever to learn how to post at all. thanks
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Re: Tiger eye

Thanks very much everyone

Terri, use the 'post reply' button, not the quick reply. Then in there, there's a button for images above the posting area which allows you to upload in the large (such as it is - 500 x 600 max) format. It's the yellow one with a mountain on it. Cheers

Tania, that is a gorgeous cat. Thanks for that. I had checked out Diana's eye close-ups and she does them your way too. The only reason I didn't is the photo shows no discernable longitudinal lines in the iris (tiger's don't have them), so I went with something I thought I stood a chance of controlling. This is Crias' original

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Re: Tiger eye

Nice work and thanks for the PM about this piece Patrick! Isn't scratching fun

I prefer to use stippling (for darker eyes) or very short strokes (for lighter eyes) for eyes (ratehr than the radiating lines, as most animals don't have them), as I think it gives a more liquid effect and contrasts the longer strokes of the fur better This is not to say that your crosshatching wasn't effective in any way, but I'll show you my way just to give you an idea what I mean. Hope you don't mind. All of these are cropped from larger pieces.

Dog eye 1 - mostly all stippled


Dog eye 2 - mostly all short strokes


Horse eye- combination of stippling and short strokes


Human eye - small strokes


Lion eyes - both
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Great use of scratching, you did a wonderful job on the fur! I never noticed that tigers don't have round pupils, it's that way in the photo too. I can't wait to see what you will do next.

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Re: Tiger eye

Thanks Diana. Your work has helped me heaps. I'm working on two lions at the moment. Gee, the facial hairs are so tiny, it's very time consuming, but as Cathy says, fun!!

Cheers Cathy. Thanks for the examples. I definitely don't mind you showing them. It's the best way for me to learn. Your work is always good to see. Plenty of food for thought for me.
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