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!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Snow King


Ok, I know I haven't updated my blog in a while, but I can't believe I forgot this guy! This is Azeo, the male snow leopard from Albuquerque's Rio Grande Zoo. This scratchboard measures 11"x14" and I finished it earlier this month.

Doe, A Deer

This mule deer doe is my final drawing of 2013, just finished today. There are several of these gals who frequent the canyon behind my house, and one day I noticed them and a young buck in the yard. I grabbed my new camera and started taking pictures - this 8"x10" scratchboard is based on one of the best ones.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rhinos on Clayboard

This is a piece of the first Claybord ink painting I have tried. I hope to give you an idea of the process I used. The photos vary somewhat in the color and amount of light. I tried to correct what I could, but there is still some variation and for that I apologize.

Here is a rhino calf. I used sepia ink and painted blocks of light and shadow areas.
Next I used a sandpaper sponge (purchased at the hardware store) to smooth out the ink.
Next, I added some detail with more sepia ink. I used the sandpaper sponge to keep things smooth and not too dark.
Here, I used a black pen to darken the eye and inside the nostril and ear. I used a small fiberglass brush to add detail highlights, such as around the eye, nose, ear, horn, and wrinkles.
More painting and sanding. I decided I didn't like the ear twisted back like in my photo, so I repainted it.
I used a diluted black ink wash to enhance some of the shadows. Here is the finished rhino.