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February 17, 2013
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Feb 17, 2013, 5:25:33 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Tundra Jewel by Misted-Dream Tundra Jewel by Misted-Dream

Okay, so here's what I was originally going to upload. ;) My first scratchboard! I really love the medium, so it was a thrill creating this. You can expect many more to come for sure! This is a willow ptarmigan, which is a kind of "grouse" for lack of a better word, and it lives up in the Canadian/Alaska area--the tundra. This is a male in fall plumage. In summer they are mostly brown and in winter they turn basically pure white. 12" x 9" scratchboard. References many thanks to a combination of them from JWFisher and some general online photos to get the details right.


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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a wonderful job done with the scratchboard! I can imagine it to be a fun medium, would be cool to try my hand at it sometime as well. I really love the fact you chose to do a ptarmigan for this one; they're such gorgeous birds yet quite a bit under appreciated in the art community. Lovely how you drew this handsome fella in his inbetween plumage; not quite white and not quite brown ;) Thinking of ptarmigans I just can't help but link you to this photo on flickr:… Not sure if it is a Willow or a Rock ptarmigan, but it definitely is one of the most elegant looking ptarmigans I've ever seen. So beautiful, thought you'd maybe enjoy as well :)
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks very much! :hug: You should! It's a very addicting medium, though, so you've been warned, haha. ;) If you like drawing, then you'll love scratchboard (it's basically drawing in reverse with much more detail possibilities). I know, ptarmigans are such lovely birds. I really need to do a piece of an all white one like in the photo--that's such a gorgeous photo! Thanks for sharing that. :) I think it's probably a willow ptarmigan, as rock ptarmigans have a dark stripe running from the corner of their eye to the base of their beak in full winter plumage.
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, I'll make sure I have time once I do finally put my hands on a scratchboard ;) Drawing reverse like that really is an interesting switch from the more usual 'light-to-dark' method of work. You get the same working with white pencil on black paper. Thanks for the ptarmigan ID for the photo! They really are such handsome birds when totally turned into poofy white snowballs in winter. Can't wait to see whatever new work you create :)
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh definitely! I think you'd like it a lot. I'd love to see if you ever try it. :D And you're welcome! As you already know, it's always fun to learn more. :)
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Wow, looks brilliant! Scratchboard is really interesting technique and I think you did great job with it! :clap:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I just love the amount of detail you can achieve with it. :nod:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
You're very welcome! :)
PetPawtraitArtist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
this is lovely! awesome use of scratchboard too. well done
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I appreciate that. :aww:
Blackwolfoffireworks Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful, I love the tufts above the eyes (: Great detailing of the brush and feathers. And you managed to keep a noticeable light source! Stunning work.
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