This is my progress so far on Candy. It’s on an 8×10 Ampersand Scratchbord. I’ve been doing the bulk of the scratch work with a #2 exacto blade. It’s the same pointy shape as the common #11, just larger.
This long fur is proving to be a challenge, but I’m hoping to make it work without any major problems.
This series of images shows the progress on the Dickinson portrait. It was also an excuse to experiment with a gallery.
I started this scratchboard portrait late in the day yesterday. As stated before, this is on an 8×10 board. Mr. Dickinson is one of the main characters from the movie, Dead Man. Robert Mitchum played the part. The bulk of the work was done today.
There is still the possibility of doing more on the hair, but I think I like it where it is – with dramatic shadows. To continue might weaken the impact so I feel more comfortable leaving some to the imagination.
Next up is a pet portrait commissioned by a man in Australia. The dog looks like a Maltese to me. I’ve got it set up and ready to start. Now I just need to get a few scratches on it to get the party started.
At the same time I’ll be doing a piece as a gift to a friend in California. He has a thing for Dead Man, a very dark comedy, and I picked a captured movie frame as my reference.
Both projects will be on 8×10 Ampersand Scratchbord. I’ll be posting images as soon as I start to make some progress.