Sometimes you just have to do a quickie. This is a small (8″ x 10″) scratchboard of a zebra from one of my Africa trips. Simple process, do the drawing, remove all of the ink from the white stripes with a fibreglass brush so you are back to pure black and white, then use an airbrush (or use a large watercolour brush) to add a layer of diluted Indian ink over the whole thing, wait til it dries and use the fibreglass brush again to pull out some highlights. Repeat the ‘pushing and pulling’ process of airbrush and highlights until you have the desired 3D roundness you need to make the zebra look like you want it to look.
My photo of it has caught some glare here and there unfortunately but you get the idea.
Artists’ Palette magazine is an excellent source of inspiration so it’s a great honour to be included in the edition currently in the shops, issue #105. I have sixteen artworks published plus a demonstration of a zebra scratchboard. Also, there are four artworks by my dad in there. He was a huge inspiration to me and, despite losing him when I was thirteen, he showed me the way in life. His art was gorgeous and always represented those African animals that he loved so much. Below are a couple of pages from the magazine article including the page with the four pieces my dad did.
Below is the start of the demo of “Wall of Stripes”
If you go to the menu above, “About Me” and then “Publications”, I will be putting up a montage of the whole article.
Happy New Year to you all 🙂