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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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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
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: www.flickr.com/photos/brosha/1… 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 :)
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:iconmisted-dream:
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.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
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 :)
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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. :)
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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:
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:iconmisted-dream:
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:
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
You're very welcome! :)
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PetPawtraitArtist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
this is lovely! awesome use of scratchboard too. well done
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I appreciate that. :aww:
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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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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :aww: It was really different to try and get the texture you want, since all you are using is lines for the most part. ;)
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Blackwolfoffireworks Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I love the crazy detail scratchboard allows. And you got plenty of that in here. Love this! The big white area on this side of the bird works great!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, yes, I know! I just immerse myself in that. :meow: And thanks! I was trying to figure out how much might be too much. ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
You never know how much is too much until you've gone and done it, lol! I think you definitely got it right here. Are you using inks as well? I have heard that you can correct with ink and add depth with ink washes. (I'm super excited to try this.)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I've actually used some ink washes on this one to get that depth. I did some inking/rescratching on some of this with a brush, but I think on my wolf one I'm going to use my airbrush to add the ink washes, since it's a bit larger than this one. :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Oh, yes I think I can see that now!
That ought to work nicely. :D
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Exiled60 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Amazing work... intimidating and inspiring at the same time. Especially love the depth of field effect.
And this is your FIRST scratchboard?!? What a talent... can't wait to see more.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D I'm really excited to make more. I'll be doing young wolves on my next one. :)
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susanjo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I love the texture of this!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Driven-Crazy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Your pieces are always a delight to see, and this one is exceptionally lovely!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! I appreciate that. :aww:
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Driven-Crazy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
My pleasure.
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thumbsup: Very nice! And impressive for a first scratchboard!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Very nicely done! I'm looking forward to those other scratchboard works!
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I can't wait to start on more. ;)
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Ghost-of-the-Forest Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is amazing!
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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Jaygie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
This looks great!
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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eidolic Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
awesome!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I do not think I would ever have the patience to try out scratchboard... this is a beautiful first piece! Congratulations!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, Jenny! It's honestly so much fun that you almost forget about all the "tediousness". ;)
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wickedlovelyfaery Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job! I love willow ptarmigans, they are absolutely a blast to watch! :XD:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I've never seen them in person before, but hopefully someday. :)
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mttomimages Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wow! You've done some great stuff, but this is my favorite! Great job Shalese!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a ton, Barb! I'm really loving this new medium. :aww:
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mttomimages Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
You're welcome!
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