This is been a very busy spring for me, with a lot going on that made me feel like I couldn’t be very busy in the studio. And then I had to give up on my last scratchboard, which was supposed to be a pair of swans. I hate to let go of a project and set it to the side, but sometimes it’s for the best. Most artists have a stack of “rejects” sitting in the corner somewhere and I had to add that one to mine. But life has finally settled down a little bit and I’ve been able to focus on getting to work. The happy result is that I have this tiger newly finished. This one was a lot of fun from start to completion and I love how he just stalks into the light.
In the Forests of the Night
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2 thoughts on “In The Forests of the Night”
Hi Amy, Saw your demo at Berks Art Alliance recently and have been inspired to give it a try. Went to Blicks and picked up some supplies and a DVD by Sally. I decided to freehand a drawing on your sample with white chalk and need to erase some of it. I don’t have any notes that addresses that subject. Can you advise please what to use. Next time I decide to do a picture I will definitely do the transfer procedure. None of the drawing has been etched (scratched). Your blog of pictures is amazing. I hope you do have a workshop in this area soon. You probably could bring your baby along if that is a problem. I feel privileged to have seen your work. Thank you for sharing.
Hi Nadine! I’m glad you liked my demo and left feeling inspired. Sally Maxwell is one of the artists I was referencing who works in scratchboard at enormous sizes. If you browse her website, you’ll be very impressed. She’s been working in the medium for longer than I’ve been alive. 🙂
Regarding the white chalk, there probably isn’t a way to erase it as completely as you would like. By chalk, do you mean stick chalk, or a “white charcoal” pencil. I typically do my tracings on the board with white charcoal, for anything larger than a 8X10, and most of my guide lines ultimately get rubbed off from handling over the course of creating the etching. You could try to paint over the lines with a wash of black india ink. You’d want to paint over a large area, not just draw with ink over only the lines. That would probably work to make them invisible once the piece is varnished. That’s part of the reason why I avoid doing any freehand drawing on the board, because I can’t even erase any changes to my guidlines – I always finalize my composition beforehand.
I hope this helps. Let me know how it turns out for you, and feel free to email me at email@example.com