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Old 11-09-2009, 09:51 PM
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"Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

Hey everyone! It seems the scratchboard bug has bitten and won't let go just yet, because I went ahead and finished yet another scratch piece. I sadly did not get any progress shots of the piece except one shot of the final B&W scratch work before color was added. I was celebrating my 21st birthday yesterday and so while I was able to sneak away little 'work' sessions on this piece in between festivities (you know you're inspired when you work on your day off!), I didn't get a chance to snap progress photos.

I am in love with colored scratchboard and ever since my wolf study, I was dying to create a new piece just so I can toss color on the board again. Next time I want to try one with a background. I'm very happy with this and I like the over all low-key, dark look of the piece. I wanted the eyes and face of the wolf to be the main focus.





And the B&W stage



I also apologize in advance if this looks too dark on some people's monitors. I'm running a Macbook Pro with a display that is calibrated for my giclee printer and it seems it runs a bit on the bright side when it comes to dark images.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:05 PM
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

You nailed this one! The eyes are the focus and they look awesome!
Happy belated b-day too
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

You are wildly talented for one so young. And Happy Birthday. Your 21st is always the biggest and best. I too love colored scratch board and your colors are so natural looking I was wondering what you use.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:15 PM
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

Thanks for the birthday wishes! It was indeed a good one. I spent the day with my family, my boyfriend, his family, and then wrapped up the night by going to a bar with my boy. I didn't even get carded, which was a bit disappointing because I would have loved to whip it out and say "why yes, I CAN have that apple martini". It was fun, and I was so happy to get a good board done too, it was like a gift to myself!

Bonnie,

I use mostly Sennelier Shellac Inks, however for the reddish hues I used FW Artists' Ink since I didn't have that color in the Sennelier set. I apply my colors with an airbrush and try to lay them in in such a way that I do not need to do much scratching to 'bring back' anything. I just bring out key highlights, but I do not need to color, scratch, color, scratch. I find the board gets too gummy and weird and no longer makes crisp sketches once it's been sprayed on a couple times, so I make sure I really want that color to be there before I spray!
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:37 PM
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

Happy Birthday first of all.......hard for me to fathom a girl that just became legal is so far along on the ladder of skill and technique. What will you be doing when you get your first gray hair!
Once again you have a most beautiful piece, really something else.
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

Beautiful work, birthday girl. I'm glad you couldn't resist the urge to scratch, hooray for our side.
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

Happy Birthday!!! You gave us a present too...such a wonderful piece to see!
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Happy 21st birthday....your work is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

I agree with Sue, it is your birthday and we get the gift. Happy Birthday!

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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

Beautiful work Cristina, and happy birhtday.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:43 AM
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

I "ditto" what everybody else said plus adding "extremely good job" on this piece. Happy Birthday and may you have many, many more You know how slow time goes before you hit 21 and after you hit 21 life will go by fast. Have fun
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

As always a beautiful piece - your scratchwork is incredible so lifelike. I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday - wish I'd started drawing at your age however it certainly wouldn't have been at your standard!
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Re: "Apparition" - Black Wolf (XPosted to A&W)

Cristina:
Incredibly fine work!!! Those eyes are mesmerizing!!!
Happy Birthday!!
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Welcome to the adult world! What a great entrance. A agree with the others that your work shows a terrific talent. I particularly love the bits of dappled light on this fellow. It's noteasy to pull off a dark animal and make it show up so well. Beautiful wolf.
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Great job on this and happy birthday.
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