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Old 03-25-2008, 12:38 PM
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Elephant repost

I had a request from Cathy to repost this as she missed seeing the finished piece and I thought I'd do it for the new folks around, too. I did this one at least 2 years ago...took 3 months working on it everyday and was the biggest board I've done...still is. 18X24

Here's where I started...


More progress shots...


Closeup


Closeup of bumps in progress...after I had lightly but compactly scratched the whole forehead I went back and did the bumps.


Final followed by closeups of final






I think doing the "Lovely Old Lady"'s skin is going to be a lot like this elephant...all those wrinkles!

Thanks for looking!
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:51 PM
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Re: Elephant repost

This is truely awe inspiring!! What tools did you use?

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Re: Elephant repost

Oh this is fantastic!!! The skin texture is unbelievable!

Thank you for reposting it and I will also check to see if Cathy had included it in her list of the Scratchboard Wip thread, if not I will add it.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:24 PM
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Re: Elephant repost

Thankyou Diana and Mary.

Diana, I used a medical scalpel 99% of the time...I used the fiberglass tool for the tusk and the fine hairs.
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Re: Elephant repost

Lorna this is Fantabulowsous!! But....makes me embarassed to post my meager attempts, but at the same time something to shoot for.

Where do you get such large scratchboard? I find even the smaller scratchboard is hard for me to find and the largest I have found is 11"x14".
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Re: Elephant repost

Here are some sources I use. Daniel smith is the only one I know that also carries the Speedball nibs I use. I have found in most cases that it is cheaper to order on line, including shipping, than to buy it at my local art supply stores. Especially if you order enough to bring down your shipping.

ASW Express http://www.aswexpress.com/discount-a...art-supplies/5
Jerry's artarama http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-su...res/online/547
Daniel Smith http://www.danielsmith.com/search.asp
Blick http://www.dickblick.com/zz149/14a/

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Re: Elephant repost

I remember seeing this somewhere because I remember seeing all those "bumps" of skin and thinking, "Holy God!!" Same reaction this time 'round!

Maybe 'boarders are naturals for the "Slow Art" movement? http://entertainment.timesonline.co....icle563715.ece

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Re: Elephant repost

I remember this one too.
Spectacular piece, one I've always aspired to do.
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Re: Elephant repost

Hi Sherry...Thank you! I order my scratchboards from Blick's in sizes right up to and including 3ftX2ft...I had a terrible time trying find them in ANY size in Canada. Michael's carried some but never consistently and never bigger than 11X14.

I will order the large sizes and cut them down to the sizes I want...it's more cost effective. That's why I sometimes have small scraps to work on like the baby feet and the seahorse.
I just picked up the mail and there was another box from Blick's. Got one more order on the way...frames. You shouldn't have any trouble with delivery there in the US. I found that Blick's was cheaper for scratchboard than Jerry's or maybe I just hit a good deal...right now I have lots to play with in all sizes.

Diana...I checked out Daniel Smith for those Speedball nibs...I haven't tried them but I did try other types of nib and didn't like them. Can I see a picture of what you use, specifically??

My DH brought me home a scalpel from the paramedics in his firehall to try out and I loved it. I order them from a medical supply place. Once the tip is gone for the fine scratching I use them for scratching over scratching (if you know what I mean) and then I use them for other things because the blade is so sharp for cutting up stuff even after the tip is gone.

This is what they look like...you can see in the 2nd pic how fine they are and that tip is soooo sharp. These are disposable...I have the ones like the MicroMark place had but don't like them as well.



Tania...thank you! That was an interesting article... I agree we should all slow down and perhaps scratching does qualify.

Thank you Karen
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Re: Elephant repost

I've seen this on your site but it's great to see it larger. Thanks for reposting it and with the WIP and closeups. You really are quite amazing!!
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Lorna, this is such an excellent work of art. Your skills are exceptional.
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