Monday, January 19, 2015

I thought I would begin today's post with a video I made last month. In this video I demonstrate how I draw the fine facial feathers of a barred owl.

In other news, I am preparing for a show in about two months. I will be concentrating on only local wildlife, so I have been scratching like mad to get enough drawings done in time. Here are a few I have finished so far this month. The warbler was colored with yellow ink, and sepia ink for the branch.

"Do Not Disturb", roadrunner, 5"x7"

Wilson's Warbler, 5"x5"

"Lobo", Mexican Gray Wolf, 9"x12"

Monday, January 12, 2015

Clayboard and Airbrush

This is the first board I got to try out my new airbrush on. The three photos below should all be the same color, but were taken under different lighting conditions. The last one is the closest to the true color.

I started with an 18"x24" Ampersand Claybord, and cut it in half lengthwise using a fine hacksaw blade. Then I sanded down the rough edges, and I had two 9"x24" boards ready to go.

Since I wasn't sure how well ink would stick to an already-airbrushed area, I blocked in the elk with sepia ink first. Then I airbrushed the background. In the first photo, you can see an unsightly fingerprint. I rubbed it off with sandpaper, then re-airbrushed the area. This taught me that airbrushing on Claybord is sensitive to fingerprints.

For the second photo, I used black ink on a paintbrush to darken the elks' necks and shadow areas, and to add the plants. I used the fiberglass brush to lighted their rumps and to add highlights to the water.

The final step is where the majority of the scratching took place. I scratched and re-inked and re-scratched the elk to get to this point. I am happy with the result, though I might add another diluted coat of ink to their bodies to darken them up a tad.

The final result is "Morning Mist."

Monday, January 05, 2015

Back After a Long Hiatus

I have been away for far too long. While I have been busy making more scratchboard art, I have neglected this blog. So part of my New Year's resolution is to post here at least once per week. I cannot possibly post all the new work I have done since my last post in April of last year, but here are a few of the most recent ones. To see all my work, please check out my website, or better yet, my Facebook page which I do update regularly.

African Hunting dogs, 9"x12"

Bobcat, 8"x10"

Charles Darwin, 8"x10"

Elk, 11"x14"

Mule Deer Fawn, 9"x10"

Steam Locomotive, 12"x12" (sold)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New Honors

The International Society of Scratchboard Artists has three levels of juried membership. In April of last year, I applied and was accepted into their basic membership, called Active. The next level up is Signature, which requires more technical mastery, followed by Master, which requires a resume of promoting scratchboard in addition to great works of art. Jurying into these top two levels happens once per year in March. I am happy to say that I applied and was accepted into the Signature level this year!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Catching Up

Wow, am I past due for a post! I just realised I haven't put up any of my 2014 work yet, so here they come. Most of these are untitled so far, so I am just captioning with the animal represented.

Black Widow, 5"x7"

Cattle Egret, 8"x10"

Cougar 5"x7"

Cougar, 5"x7"

Draft Horses, 11"x14"

Great Hornbill, 9"x12"

Maine Coons, 8"x8" each

Peregrine Falcon, 9"x12"

Monday, February 10, 2014

Zoo Babies Logo

Wow, I am so honored to say that my drawing Zoo Babies won the logo for run for the zoo! Here is one of the graphics they made for the event:

I have been interviewed for the BioPark's member newsletter, and soon there will be posters, tee shirts, and other merchandise for sale with my drawing on them. I am so excited!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Zoo Babies

This is my first Claybord piece. It comes in at a hefty 24"x18", the largest scratchboard I have done by far. The photo is a little uneven, but you get the idea. This was done as an entry for the 2014 Run for the Zoo logo for the Rio Grande Zoo. I don't know when the winner will be chosen, but I am quite happy with my piece regardless of whether it wins or not. Wish me luck anyway!