It has been some time since I posted my very first scratchboard (the collie rough). Been a little crook for awhile, which is really annoying when trying to do your art!.
Below is a photo of my second scratchboard, which is on 8 x 10" Ampersand board. The majority of scratching is done with the pointed nib from the Ampersand toolkit, which was still a little blunt from the collie board!!.
I know it's far from 'Purr-fect', and I'm not 100% happy with the board and my photography 'sucks', even with the beautiful new camera hubby bought me!, a Sony a230.
Sorry to say that I didn't do a proper drawing again, getting lazy! - this led to so many problems, but I am so glad that this is such a forgiving medium, where you can move things about a bit!!.
I chose a reference photo which mostly showed quite a lot of hair detail, although some areas I had to guess the length of the hair.. (I hadn't seen a live lion in over 25 years!).
I must confess that this board was quite a challenge in the hair direction department!. Being a detail 'freak' though, I loved the 'torture'.
I've possibly gone overboard in some areas, probably to the extent that I may have ruined the board, but that's just me, I love detail!. I haven't cleaned or sprayed the board as yet, so if anyone sees anything that needs fixing please let me know. Thanks for looking. I will post a few close-ups later on - the best I can do with my terrible photography anyway!!.
The reference photo comes from the great photographer and world traveller Andrew Ross, under a Creative Commons licence.
Sorry about the greasy finger marks!.