Wednesday, March 28, 2012
More scratchboard related news: I received confirmation yesterday that my application for "Signature" status (SSA) in the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) has been unanimously accepted. This status is awarded to ISSA "members showing advanced scratchboard skills" and I'm thrilled and honored to have been approved. This means that I can now add "SSA" after my signature on scratchboard works.
Although ISSA is a new group, it is made up of very talented, professional and enthusiastic members who are working diligently to promote the fine art of scratchboard. If you work in scratchboard or just want to support those of us who do, I encourage you to consider becoming a member.
I'm looking forward to the first ISSA meeting and exhibit in July of this year. And now, I can include "SSA" on the drawing I'll be submitting to the exhibit!
Just a quick blog update today. In my previous post, I shared an in-progress image of this guy. Now he's finished! This is a 5" x 5" drawing on Ampersand Scratchbord. After scratching to block things in, I re-inked with dots (stippling) and a few scribbles to darken certain areas. Then I scratched more to soften the stippling and achieve the final result.
I'm excited about framing this one and the companion piece (his sister, also in the previous post) because when I visited my favorite frame shop (Wholesale Art & Framing in Rocklin, CA), the owner helped me pick out a gorgeous grey suede mat. I never would have thought to go with grey, since I usually use black or white for my scratchboards, but the grey looks wonderful.
Here are a couple of details of the drawing:
Here's a video of the drawing process:
I've been in the scratchboard zone recently and it has led to a lovely article about my work. Through sharing my scratchboard works on the Ampersand Art Product's Facebook page (and group page), I made a connection with their marketing gals and it resulted in this post on Ampersand's blog. I'm truly honored to be featured and I've been very impressed with Ampersand's support of their artist customers.
In addition to the scratchboard Papillon portrait I finished recently, I joined the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) and I've been working on two companion pieces for the April Auburn Art Walk. This one, of an 8-week-old pit bull pup, is finished and awaiting completion of her brother's portrait.
Currently Untitled, Pit Bull Pup, 5" x 5", ink on Ampersand Claybord
I met and photographed these two and their five other siblings at A New Hope Animal Foundation in 2010. They were rescued along with their mother and have since found new homes. They were 8-weeks-old at the time I took photos. This drawing isn't finished, but is a little further along than this scan. I still need to work on his face.
Work in Progress, Pit Bull Pup, 5" x 5", Ampersand Scratchbord
As is typical for me, I'm juggling a few projects (in various media) at once. I'm also creating a series of photo boards for the Art Walk (see them in my Art Walk show catalog) and nearing completion on this mixed media portrait.
Commission Work in Progress, Caesar, 5" x 5", Watercolor Art Board
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