I've done scratchboard, and I've done fluorescent paint...so I thought, why not combine them? It was an experiment but I like how it came out. It looks pretty cool under blacklight, too! I thought about doing a background but with my limited supply of fluorescent colors I thought it would just detract from the bird.
Another vulture scratchboard -- this time a New World species and a conservation success story. California condors are the largest species of land bird native to North America, sporting a wingspan of nearly 10 feet. Due to the pesticide DDT, misguided persecution because they were believed to prey on livestock, and a low reproductive rate, California condors reached an all-time low of only 22 individuals in 1987. They now number more than 400 birds -- in zoos and in the wild -- meaning they remain one of North America's rarest species but their numbers are much more stable.
I love vultures -- they're intelligent birds and I find them to be downright cute. I have never worked with California condors, but have worked with Andean condors, a black vulture, and hooded vultures.
I've wanted to do a larger version since doing that ACEO. I had more trouble with the made using proper scratchboard than when I used the small scratchboard paper. I don't know if it's just that hte marker doesn't show up as well on clayboard, or if I left too much dark space. (and the lighting in the hotel room made it look darker still in the photo. Oh well.)
In any case, I will likely do yet another version of this because I still haven't quite gotten it the way I wanted it.
I did sell this piece at the Otakon Art 2014 Art Show. It was a late addition (I only finished it the night before the con in my hotel room).
Silence... fulfils my mind, replaces my thoughts, is in my heart.
An eternal darkness surrounds me, accepts me with a friendly embrace.
Silent and dark. A self-imposed confinement.
Only the message of my soul is resounding with more power, more expression than words could ever have.
(zoom in to see details ;D)
my first try with scratchboard (wanted to do something different before continuing with my 'normal' works ). aaah, such a pity you can't see how it shines in the light (that's a weird kind of shiny-silver when you scratch into it *o* ). I wasn't able to scan it (the computer only showed me a completely black image XD), so I asked a friend of my parents for help (he can photograph professional). ah. I wish you could see the original. It looks better.
This work, featuring my OC Nywvre, is now my new motivation XD (Remember my last work, "Istac"? Yeah, I've found a new incentive ) Look at this work; who of you can tell what my new motivation/incentive is ^^?
These are baby Allen's Swamp Monkeys. As the name suggests they inhabit swamps and marshes, the slight webbing between their fingers and toes helps them to swim and is an excellent method of escaping predators. Super cute subject - not such a cute name though!