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« on: October 19, 2007 10:48:32 AM »

Hi all Smiley

I've been scratchboarding for a couple of years now, though usually only in december and april (i do the boards as gifts [april is mom's birthday]). I just wanted to share one or two of them and ask if anyone else here scratchboards? it's fun and the product makes for nice gifts, but its becoming near impossible to get the boards anymore, other than online. a year ago, i could only order from the company (and minimum $500 order) but i see that they've become more available online recently.

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2007 11:03:06 AM »

Woooow....  Do you outline or draw it first, in anyway, before you actually start scratching it off or do you just go for it?  That is amazing.  And the red accents just make it stand out so much more.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2007 11:12:52 AM »

actually, i draw it out first on paper from a photo reference, then use white carbon paper to transfer the design. the boards are so expensive that i dont' trust myself to draw straight on the board or just free hand it. even extra pencil lines, if they're in an area that stays black, often show even after i've erased them and sealed the boards with a fixative spray, so i find that this is the best way to get a nice clean finished product.

here is the only one i freehanded (and it was also my first board). his fur was really wild though so it wasn't too hard to just add more when things didn't look quite right. for the ones i've done of horses or people though, you can't really correct mistakes (unless they're really small) without it being obvious.

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2007 11:18:28 AM »

I bow to your scratchboard awesomeness.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2007 11:35:16 AM »

My daughter wanted a kit several years ago, so we picked one up.  It was interesting, but a bit fussy for her (especially at 9 years old, but I suspect she'd feel the same way about it now, too). 

How did you get the red contrast?  Do you paint it after scratching?
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2007 11:47:30 AM »

i just painted the white with inks. Smiley
did she have a paper scratchboard, or clayboard? all mine are done on clayboard - i tried paper once and i hated it!
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2007 12:04:15 PM »

oh my! that is absolutely beautiful. a lot of the people in drawing 2 are currently doing these and the are also great but yours is just amazing!! this is what i call true talent!! crazy.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2007 12:21:15 PM »

I remember when I was in highschool, that our teacher said yu could make your own with india ink. It may be worth looking into to save money.
Your work is beautiful.
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2007 12:34:40 PM »

These are beautiful  Shocked . I did this in school and was looking into starting up again. Dick Blick sells clayboards at a decent price if you're still looking. Dickblick.com
It's great for all kinds of stuff. The colored inks too. Beautiful beautiful work!
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2007 12:47:41 PM »

I have done exactly one real scratchboard piece (on paper) and I have to say I love doing it. All of yours are beautiful and I am impressed by your skills!
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