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Old 02-27-2010, 12:41 AM
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Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

I am switching to another theme - A&W . I chose to do in color . For this subject coloring has to be deep in some areas .Since i use Acrylic the layer becomes tough to scratch. Therefore it is not possible to put fine scratches very close in a picture of this size -7 x 5 in . to get the desired effect .
I want to use only water proof medium . Colored inks are not available. So I cannot think of any other medium other than Acrylic .
I have tried to do birds ( even though my knowledge about birds is zero) because they are the most colorful creatures on earth .Here is my first attempt. I would welcome suggestions regarding coloring . Please feel free to express your opinion
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:41 AM
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

VENKAT, these are really cool. Have you tried, or is it possible with what you are scratching on, to dilute the acrylics more and build layers of color with scratching between layers, to get the intensity of color you want?
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:18 PM
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

Garbanzo; Thanks for your suggestion . I have done the same way you suggested . Another thing I noticed is some colors are more 'sticky' than others - I think i should exclude opaque colors. I was using opaque colors because it gives more body. and I was not coloring a B/W drawing where transparent coloring is necessary but paint directly and then scratch .
You can see that the scratches are kept white in major portions
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

nice work from you- still has your style to it, but a nice change from your normal work (not that your normal needs to change!!) I enjoyed viewing it.
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Very nice. They remind me of word done by Audobon. They have a nice style to them.
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

Excellent! When I paint on a white board I paint, and scratch, in layers even though I did not start in black and white. It gives it depth and makes the colors brighter where the non scratched layers overlap. I hope that made sense. After reading it, I'm not sure it does.

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Well done. Great bird images.
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

So different from your other posted works, yet it still has your familiar style. Very cool!!
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

VENKAT, when I first started scratching I used goauche, an opaque medium, and I diluted it quite a bit. It scratched ok but I couldn't layer it very well and if I wasn't really careful with my painting and got it on other colors or the black it was hard to fix. I really like goauche for painting and used to use it to paint my realistic bird carvings. The colors are really nice but for scratchboard the transparent colors work better for me.
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

Your work has a lovely style, that echos back to when scratch art was used as medium for printing illustrations in books and magazines. Can you dilute your acrylic to a watery puddle so you can work it up in layers.
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

Very illustrative and a very nice composition. I has your stamp running right through it Venkat
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

Cathy, Birdlover, Diana, Harry Seymour, Brett, Garbonzo, Trilby, Patrick.
All of you have have been very generous in your comments. My approach now will be to build up in thin transparent layers and then scratch
Most of you have commented about the style I have adopted . I used to study old prints - mostly engravings , and tried to achieve similar effect in my drawings. For me scratchboard art is engraving on an easily manageable surface than steel or copper or wood .
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

I like this a lot...new subject but with your same great style.
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

Venkat,, I can tell that you used to study illustrations from your style. These birds are very precise and lovely at the same time. Is water color pencil available to you in your area.? I have found it pretty easy to scratch and can also be blended by using different color applications before adding the wet brush.
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Re: Thrush and Babbler -Bird Series

Looks good to me. Sorry I'm not help on color. I
mix in PLENTY of cursing when I do color... I'm not sure it helps the image but, I feel better.
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