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Tawny Owls by Leivre Tawny Owls by Leivre
Scratchart of two owls for a commission. Am pretty please with it, considering it is my second attempt at scratchart (see "Giraffe" in my gallery for the first). Scratchart is pretty tough, considering there is no varying degree of colors; either it is black or it is white. Lighter patches must be made by making wider/more marks in an area compared to another. Nifty information, eh?

Scanner killed it to varying degrees.

Materials, Time and Whatnot
Black scratch paper
Razor blade
2+ hours prep time
1 hour drawing outline
6 - 12 hours actual scratching
Photo Ref. used
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gothidgaf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
llama-in-the-hat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
I've never tried scratch-art but this looks almost like a photo! :D
521 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great, Ive tried scraperboard and failed big time were as you have mastered it. Terrific piece of work..I love owls and have submitted a couple,please have a look your opinion would be valued.. Cheers 521.
owlsoul Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2005
Wow, I love this. Very beautiful. Great job!
Loreen Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!!=]] Very good job.
Bloody-Romance Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2004
Holy crap.. absolutely amazing. The amount of time and effort that had to of been put into this definently paid off!!! +fav
cokeglass Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004
stunning scratchboard work. id be hard pressed to recreate even in pencil, great job :clap:
Lovelyruthie Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2004
This is going straight onto a :+fav: - my Mum used to work with scratchboard so I know just how chronically time consuming & sometimes brain-numbing it can be. It's not a medium I have the patience to work with, but clearly you do & what's more you show remarkable talent for it. This is brilliantly executed & the subject matter, owls with pale plumage who spend most of their time out in the dark, fits the medium perfectly.

uh-oh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004   Writer
O_O That is utterly incredible! It's mind-boggling, man, especially to someone like me who spends an hour drawing and colouring a crappy doodle... ^^;
The time it took you is more than evident in the final product, and was more than worth it!
Good grief. It is simply fantastic! :worship:
Chaosarashi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004
Muy excelante. Very Impressive. You do very well with that type of medium, I like it a lot. ^_^ Fav.
Leivre Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004
Thank you :D
mandapandarawks Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Whoa you definately deserve some serious props for your hard work on this. It looks great! I understand about the hardness of actually doing one of these; I don't have the patience for it at ALL. But you totally took it to another level; the owls look so real! They are beautifully drawn and even though it's such a graphic black or white, you gave the impression of gray tones with how you used your tools. It's amazing! Great job and beautiful piece.
Leivre Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004
:blush: Thank you very much! I almost wanted to quit halfway through, because it wasn't going the way I wanted. But hearing you say that it turned out well makes me happy I didn't quit :hug:
peaceoflorien Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Absolutely fantastic! Your scratch art pieces are some of my favorite on deviantart. Scratchboard sounds excruciatingly difficult, but the results make it absolutely worth it.

Leivre Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004
It's really difficult when you first start out, but like anything it gets easier with practise :) Thanks so much :hug:
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