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Old 12-06-2008, 08:11 PM
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A Study on Natural Elements

These study threads are designed to have members show close up crops of a small areas of a work on a specific topic to show in detail how you work. They are designed to help members learn a variety of ways that you can achieve effects on a topic. Please post images that show good detail of your scratch work. Please tell us a little bit of how you achieved the affects in your image and what tools you used. Also when applicable please indicate the species of animal depicted. It may alse be useful to indicate the size of the original piece and roughly the size of the croped area.

Share in this thread close ups on NATURAL ELEMENTS.... trees, wood, grasses, rocks and anything else that fits. Water has its own thread at: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=534114
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Re: A Study on Natural Elements

Here are some natural elements from my "Mustang" Board

The nearly finished piece:


some details:




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Re: A Study on Natural Elements

The bristlecone EYE Pinetree, almost natural:

11" x 14"


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Old 12-09-2008, 02:51 PM
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Re: A Study on Natural Elements



Antler, brush and faded out background trees (faded with diluted black ink)





here you can see the trees better



zoomed way in larger than life



The grasses in front of the brush was done with sandpaper
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:48 PM
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Re: A Study on Natural Elements

Great stuff, I love those antlers.
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:29 PM
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Re: A Study on Natural Elements

I thought I might repost my grass demo here since it seems appropriate.
This is an example of a finished piece.

Here are the tools I use.

And the scratching process. First with the x-acto blade.

Then the wire brush.

Now some ink eraser.

I then add some dark green, these are colored inks.

I then rescratch some.

Add some lighter green.

You can rescratch and add more and different colors depending on the look you want.
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FLOWER... Maryann's Rose 8X10 This is the only painted flower I've done...I wouldn't have painted it except the publisher of the International Artist's Magazine made the request that it be completed with color for the article. (Feb/Mar 05 #41) I'm glad he did because it I like how it turned out.


First I completely scratched the rose. I used a scalpel for this project if I remember correctly...if not, then an xacto #11


Then I started adding color...I used claybord inks, 1st a layer of yellow (diluted with water) followed by a layer of carmine lightly diluted.


When it was completely colored I scratched in where I wanted highlights and then added a bit more of the two colors deeping what was there but leaving the rescratched areas lighter.


Then I added the water droplet.


An animation of the progress...
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And now for plain old "dirt".

I used foam backed sand paper to remove most of the black ink, then re-inked with a thin layer, and lightly re-scratced. Added a few pepples and the black dots with a liner pen.



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Elephant, lot of natural elements included in this piece.

Since I didn't take any closeups of the ground and trees, I will describe what I did. The ground was done with foam backed sandpaper, no re-inking. I used a liner pen to create the pebbles and shadows, I scratched in the highlights first. The brush was done with an x-acto #11, then I used a liner pen to add some of the black brush that you can see. The leaves on the trees was scraped out or lightened with the x-acto and re-inked.

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Bull Elk, 16 X 20 board, done with a #1 scaper cutter.



Closeup of the antlers.

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The trees were done with an exacto and a fiberglass brush and then the darker areas were reinked.


The leaf used a similar combintaion of tools
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Absoutely wonderful work. A real tour de force!
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Re: A Study on Natural Elements

I need some bushes. I'm just wondering if anyone who is really good at bushes could put some in here in high resolution. I'm not mentioning any names Pamela and Harold coz I wouldn't want to do that and put any pressure on anyone, Pamela and Harold, but some people are really good at them, Pamela and Harold.

Anyone got any ideas who is any good at bushes? Pamela and Harold
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Beats me, Patrick, but maybe Pamela and Harold could give it a try. Ya nevah know!
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Very nice thread and awesome work.
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