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Old 12-06-2008, 08:10 PM
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A Study on Water

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 WATER.... still ponds, puddles, a drop of water on a flower, or a fast moving stream share how you do water
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Not water but Oil!

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Moonlight swim 8X10


I used a scalpel and the fiber glass brush to create the water in this one.
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Fiber glass brush for the whitest portions.


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Re: A Study on Water

This was all done with an x-acto knife. The water in the forground was done with a #16 blade and the background was done with a #11. I discovered that by sharpening a flat edge rather than a knife edge I could gently remove the outer layer of black ink.

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Closeup of the water. This is a fairly easy way to create calm water. I don't think it would work without the reflection.
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I discovered that by sharpening a flat edge rather than a knife edge I could gently remove the outer layer of black ink.

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Like a scissor edge, flat. I couldn't photo it so that you could see it. Hope that helps. A rounded scalpel will do the same thing, it just covers a smaller area, but the flat edge works the best for me.
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These are all so great Tapecat, Lorna and Mark. Water is such an interesting thing, solid, liquid, transparent, opaque, reflective, muddy, etc. wow! It's kind of like fire in that it has the ability to capture you and absorb you, making you stare at it for hours. It is also inconsistent enough that you can create the look without being completely rigid in how you do it. A lazy man's dream. LOL

This is my version of fast moving water. I used an x-acto blade, an ink eraser, and a battery powered electric eraser. I scratched, erased and colored, then rescratched, reerased and more color, and more erasing. The eraser helps to soften the edges of the scratching where needed and the electric eraser removes more ink softly than a blade. It makes great spots and splashes. This is a Kayaker that I saw in Durango Colorado, from an old thread.

A close-up with color added.

Another close look.

I hope you find this useful. It really is an easy technique and a lot of fun too.
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Oh yeah, also if you make a lot of squiggly scratches in the foam then add color the pigment settles into the scratches and when you erase you go over the lines without removing the pigment. It allows you to add some extra movement and color to the water, subtle but still effective.
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