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Snowy by shonechacko Snowy by shonechacko
This weekend is turning out to be really productive and this took about 6 hours today. I had fun with the fiberglass brush and learned a new technique.

This is the last 8x10 amperstand scratchboard I have. I am going go upscale and order a bigger boards today - 11x14?

Reference picture is by ~Tygrik

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Critique by wario7793 Sep 4, 2011, 8:35:29 PM
I closely compared the reference photo with this wonderful sketch. The fur is amazingly rendered in a neat style. It doesn't 100% match the photo's fur patterns, but it does give the cat a more lynx-like look, more aggressive. The head has a longer, leaner neck. The fur lines coming off the right eye are bolder than the picture, it stands out much better.

This is a vision of power, more power than a small cat might be though to possess. The face looks intently at its target, the eyes locked on. The mouth is impassive, like the animal is patiently waiting and trying not to make a sound.

This has some originality to it, due to the slight enhanced look over the original color reference photo. This is a case of an imperfect sketch with a better feel to it.

The technique is amazing, the individual hairs, the whiskers, the shading, the eyes, the nose, the mouth, beautifully replicated in pencil. This leaner beast gives quite the impact.
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Darius-Thorsson Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Amazing work man ... I like it even more than the reference photo. The amount of detail is absolutely stunning.
shonechacko Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
artist--in--progress Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is gorgeous...i attempted scratchboard a few times but for some reason i cant get the grays that it seems like you have in here...every time i scratch only white is revealed..does it have something to do with the board or scratcher im using maybe?...sorry im just wondering and i dont know who better to ask than someone with such talent like yourself :)
shonechacko Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are two ways to have grays. One is to give the illusion of gray by having thin scratches and leaving a small gap between scratches. The other is to reink the scratches using black indian ink. But you need to use an ampersand scratchboard if you need to reink as the scratch paper does not allow you to do that.
artist--in--progress Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
zu-manity Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist
This is so beautiful!
shonechacko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
lightrainbow Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello! I featured your wonderful artwork in my journal: [link] ! :clap:
shonechacko Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again!
lightrainbow Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a pleasure.;)
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