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  • #46
    Everytime I look at something I've made, I find something I would change! I have a very hard time calling something finished! I could never keep my lines as straight as you derfs!

    My son is about to turn 18. In addition to the usual gift of money, I'm making him a scratch art of his long time favorite band Coldplay. I started it this weekend but kept having to immediately slide it under the couch or throw laundry over it when he would get home! My 19 year old asked for progression shots so I've been taking some for her with my phone! Here's Saturday's progress! I have two weeks to finish! There are major flaws but hopefully I can get those worked out within the two week time frame!

    You're no longer a child when a mud puddle is an obstacle rather than an opportunity!

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    • #47
      You are one cool Mom CF! That is great
      _______________________________________
      Hello... My name is Kittie and I'm a Font-a-holic.

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      • #48
        Looking good cornfed.

        As for mistakes you could touch them up with ink. Depending on how major. If you do make sure it's permanent. Wouldn't want the ink to fade or go green or something.

        Although since this is an art piece and not an illustration for reproduction it might be obvious. The shine of the scratchboard vs the matte of the ink.
        Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -- Scott Adams

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        • #49
          Cornfed that is gorgeous! What a fabulous present!

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          • #50
            Thanks! I'm toying with the idea of adding the word "Coldplay" on the bottom left! I have a lot left to do. He's at his dads this week so I should have some time to work on it! This one is 11x14. It's the biggest size I've tried. I think I like the bigger boards better now that I've tried it.

            Derfs, I just found that out about inking over spots. I mix my ink from an ink block and tried it. The trick for me is mixing the right consistency. I read that I should be applying fixative when I am finished with these and that it smooths out the black from hand smudges, etc. Do you know anything about that? If I'm not careful, I find that I get the edges messy. I've started scratching with a piece of paper under my hand to avoid the oils from my hands mucking things up, too.
            You're no longer a child when a mud puddle is an obstacle rather than an opportunity!

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            • #51
              Sorry I'd never heard of using fixative on a finished piece either. It certainly makes sense though. Nice that it helps with oil marks. I did a little looking around on the net and many of the links I found also mention the fixative thing.

              This link http://www.scratchboard.org/?p=14 even mentioned that one of the scratchboard makers used to produce their own line of fixative and recommends a product similar to the one they used to make.

              This http://www.scratchboard.org/russhowto/index.html is another link I found to be interesting. Talks about technique, tools, types of scratchboard, using a partially fingerless glove to protect the piece from hand oils etc. At the bottom it even references a forum that has a section devoted to scratchboard.
              Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -- Scott Adams

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              • #52
                I knew I had this piece somewhere in my archives, it's from college circa 1984..............
                It has been a long time since I did a scratchboard
                "After all is said and done, more is said than done."
                Aesop

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                • #53
                  Great job Mike!
                  _______________________________________
                  Hello... My name is Kittie and I'm a Font-a-holic.

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                  • #54
                    ^ Thanks Kitty!
                    "After all is said and done, more is said than done."
                    Aesop

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                    • #55
                      Great stuff, guys, and love the Coldplay scratch, cornfed!
                      The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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                      • #56
                        Sweet, Mike!
                        This post is brought to you by the letter E and the number 9. Those are the buttons I push to get a Twix out of the candy machine.
                        "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."

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                        • #57
                          Yeah, love the bear!
                          The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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                          • #58
                            Very nice, Mike! Did you use sandpaper on the all white parts? I read that's a technique for getting all white but haven't tried it.

                            Thanks Microswede! He really liked it! My niece wants one of her favorite band for Christmas but I just found out and probably won't have time with all the other Christmas projects I have going! If there's leftover time, I'm gonna try!
                            You're no longer a child when a mud puddle is an obstacle rather than an opportunity!

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                            • #59
                              i wouldn't mess with that bear!

                              i was watching Ink Masters (tattoo show on TLC i think) and one challenge was a massive scratch board piece. they got paired up with another artist and had to do a collaborative piece. it was pretty neat to see the process.

                              "There's something about turning the pages of a book or magazine and the felling of rubbing your hands across the words."

                              This is my pen tool. There are many like it, but this one is MINE. My pen tool is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My pen tool without me is useless. Without my pen tool, I am useless.

                              there is no grey area when it comes to 1 color logos.

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by cornfed View Post
                                Very nice, Mike! Did you use sandpaper on the all white parts? I read that's a technique for getting all white but haven't tried it.

                                Thanks Microswede! He really liked it! My niece wants one of her favorite band for Christmas but I just found out and probably won't have time with all the other Christmas projects I have going! If there's leftover time, I'm gonna try!
                                Thanks Cornfed,

                                Gesso'd Peterborough brand Illustration board with "several" coats of india ink. Exacto-Knife and compass point and along with various other blades types for effect.Minimal hand sketching onto the board, no transfer or tracing very little overworking. So the white is a completely "subtractive ( read that as scratching the sh!t out of it) process the board is actually about 3/16ths to a 1/4 thick

                                Sandpaper was not used, entirely "line work" I prefer not to use abrasives on my boards, same with my totally eschewing using erasers on pencil work. I don't like the way it damages the substrate. I consider it an important part of the original visual "feel" therefore no abrasives
                                Last edited by MikeHun; 12-05-2012, 11:40 PM.
                                "After all is said and done, more is said than done."
                                Aesop

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