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Old 12-06-2008, 08:08 PM
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A Study on Metal

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 METAL.... from rusty to chrome, cars to pipes share all things metal
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i went through a bunch of pix ..picked out some of what i thought were interesting sections of metal...
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Great samples rod- can you tell us a little bit about your process and the tools you use for that perfect metal effect?
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Re: A Study on Metal

Tea and Strawberries 11 X 14
I used a scalpel for most of this one and also an electic eraser for the bright shiny bits on the tea service design. (also the strawberries)







I used the fibre brush tool a bit on the "shine" going down the teapot and sugar and cream just to soften the edges.

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Re: A Study on Metal

I hesitate to list this because the close-ups are very rough looking, but from proper viewing distance it looks like metal somewhat. This is done with a Gordon knife that has a #11 blade. The more solid/smooth areas I lightly scraped the knife edge sideways making a wider pattern. These areas are to be the shinest part. The duller areas are done with the sharpest strokes very lightly and close together. Then you can control the value to include the slightest reflections as you go. I hope this is useful. Rick

this area is about 2" X 3"


this area is about 1-1/2" X 2-1/2'


This area is 1-1/4" X 2"
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Re: A Study on Metal

I always wanted to somehow link my scratchboard with my sculptures.
This is one of those attempts. I have acheived a partial "marriage between the two. The Pc. Is called "Yang And Yang" the intent is to illustrate that there is in fact no real balance in our universe as many would suggest.
So this is literally metal, with a twist.




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Here is another one called "When A Tree Dreams"
An Aluminum block with the tree scratched off with my scratchboard tool.

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Re: A Study on Metal

In order to acheive the black "look" like the scratchboard surface in a 3rd dimension I used solid PCs of graphite. I cut the scratchboard round and then scratched th perspectives into it. It isn't quite finished yet because I know what I want it to look like but I can't get it that way yet.






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I know this might seem a bit gratuitous but you folks are the only ones who can understand scratchboard (in my opinion) and I wanted to show some more possiblities with the medium.
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Very interesting Tony...it's always nice to see work that is different from what I think of as the norm...it does open the mind.
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Re: A Study on Metal

Here is an example of how I do shiney metal, like silver. This piece is called Sunflower And Silver, and it is on a 14 x 18 board. I mostly used a surgical scalpel for this piece, but on the very white highlights I used a fiberglass brush. The way to get a hard, very polished shine is using extremes. Using black and white




The width of the shaker in this picture in real life is 2 1/4 "







The width of the base of the vase in reall life is 3".



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Re: A Study on Metal

In this example I am showing close ups of the metal pewter. Pewter is softer and not as shiney as silver so I kept the extremes down. the darks are dark gray, not black and the whites aren't as strong as in silver. On this piece I used the sugical scalpel for the most part, but I did use the scratchboard tool with the pointed nib for the highlights.

This piece is called Pewter Pitcher. It is on an 11 x 14 board.




The wide point on the pitcher in real life is about 4"







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Re: A Study on Metal

I don't have anything with large areas of metal but here are some small samples. Metal ring and tag on a a dog-collar and metalwork on a llama halter - both done mainly with #11 x-acto and brightest sections with micro fgb. 'Cinco & Spud' 9"x12" - 'Llama for Lorna' 5"x7" - not sure on the size of the closeups though.

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Re: A Study on Metal

Glad this thread got bumped up! I hadn't seen it before.

I haven't done much metal, but I like the way the spikes on this chihuahua's collar turned out.

The portrait is 5" x 7", ink & ink wash on white EssDee board.
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