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Old 01-11-2009, 02:22 PM
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Dead Drift

Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and have been soo impressed with everyones work that I thought I would give scratching a try. This is the first scratchboard piece I have done and would like any thoughts on it. I'm really not sure what to do with the background or best way to go about it. I usually work in pen and ink, but I might have found a new friend (the scalpel). Thanks in advanced everyone for any C+C!

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:09 PM
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Wait....did you say first board?
From your signature.....I can see your'e a fisherman......
you tellin us a fish story?
I'm kidding of course!
I'd say this one's a Keeper for sure
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:52 PM
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Re: Dead Drift

That's fantastic!! He's really coming out of the deep to much that little krill guy! I have never fished but I think they are such beautiful creatures!

Have you seen Harold's 'Little red worm' piece?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=538229

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Old 01-11-2009, 07:13 PM
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Re: Dead Drift

Seriously- it is my first attempt at scratching, well I actually made a miniature version of this first on a 5x7. I was originally going to do this in pen and ink and posted a rough study in that forum, but me and my wife were at an art store and I decided to get some boards. I just checked out the red worm and that is what I hope to be able to do one day. That is an awesome piece! Thanks guys.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:14 PM
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Fantastic work...looking forward to see more of your work
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:25 PM
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Wow! Brilliant for your first piece. No..wait..brilliant period! How did you get your fish to look so smooth with just a scapel?

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Old 01-11-2009, 08:27 PM
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Re: Dead Drift

Excellent!!!

Yeah, Harold is the king of underwater scenes so check out his work. He's done a few.

I'm still amazed!!
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:04 PM
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Oh my, may I come over for dinner. This is fabulous.
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Wonderful first board!! More More More!!!
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Great first board! I love how smooth the fish's body looks and the little shrimp-thingy is a nice counterpoint to the fish.

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Old 01-12-2009, 12:29 AM
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Thanks everybody, what a warm welcome! Susan- sorry for my lack of terminology, but what I did was lightly roughed in the dots and swirl marks on top of the fish, then used the stiff bristle thing that comes with a beginners kit (once again I'm very green to scratchboard and wish I knew the name for it) and lightly feathered the fish. It smoothed it out and blurred the rear of the fish. I'm doing another fish, which will be up close and in more detail. I will try to post it soon. BTW guys-I'm using tissue under my hand, but managed to get oil on the board and scratching there is not cool. What if any is a good remedy? Does anyone wear a latex surgical glove??
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:56 AM
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Re: Dead Drift

I've only just finished my second board (so don't worry about terminology, I followed along just fine since that is what I sound like trying to describe what I do!)

I know some people here where photographer, and other sort of soft material gloves with the fingers cut off...and some lay paper under their hand. Personally I don't use anything, and as for oil...well when you spray your board with fixative that dissolves, but not sure what to do with your scratching situation...you could try reinking the problem area, and maybe that would help.
Reinking seems to solve many many problems.

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Re: Dead Drift

sagefish, that is one fantastic first board. I think that if you could color this one the way it is, it would be stunning. For hiding unwanted scratches I use a liner pen. I have found that if you use the Ampersand spray or other fixatives the finger prints will disappear. I use the gloves that Susan mentioned, a very light weight, fairly tight fitting and I cut the two fingers and the thumb off on the right glove, but wear the left complete. I have scratched my boards with my finger nails and my watch band, without the gloves.
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Re: Dead Drift

Welcome sagefish!! Looks like you're a natural to this medium...well done!!

To avoid oily prints I just use a soft cloth under my hand.
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Nice work!!

To avoid oil and smudges I use a white glove like photographers use.
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