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Grey snow by Lhuin Grey snow by Lhuin
Yeey finally got my hands on some scratchboard! Super difficult to find and this one's not the best quality but will do for now, didn't want to spend tons of money on it yet without some experimenting. Hopefully will get to buy some even better ones later. The shipping prices seem to be pretty atrocious though x_x managed to get these ones because the size was smaller and the shipping prices went down a lot. But seems to be an ok size anyway.

Just wanted to try this technique after a long long time, last time I used scratchboard I was doing those ready-made pictures as a kid haha. But this was lots of fun! Lovely technique ^^ had to learn a lot again as I worked my way through the picture but was nice.
This portrait of a snow leopard is referenced from a photo I took myself. Hopefully not too wonky or uneven colours, tried to make it look a bit better in PS though.

Hope you like it anyway! I really liked working on it. Been doing it during this week every now and again while working on my final assignments.

Drawn on a ~8x10" scratchboard. Only used one size tool (from those ready made packs) that I had lying around somewhere, might need to get some different sizes later if I make more of these!
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Wolfpelt24 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so amazing!
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning job!
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Greisikoira Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! Tää on upee! Itekkin kerra koulussa tein suden raapustustönä.Minkä kokosia teriä käytit?
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littlepleasureslife Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
impressive
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is amazing!
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Radioactive-Ink Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, that looks so amazing *-*
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:iconlady-kriss:
Lady-Kriss Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Oih tämä on kiva! Tuli heti mieleen että tästä saisi hienon sisustustaulun makkariin, mikäli makkarin tyylissä vivahtaisi itämaisuutta. Tällainen yksi iso taulu parisängyn päätyyn tai kaksi mutta toinen kuva olisi sitten muu eläin. : )) En tajua miten jonkun kärsivällisyys kestää noitten karvojen tekemisessä... o__o.. Hieno työ on! n__n /
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Carolina22 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is gorgeous! How long did this take you to make?
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theblackcatwarrior Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so cool! :la:
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:iconhollymullins11:
hollymullins11 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is totally awesome. So real.
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calico62 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
o.o wow
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eves-art-mail Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely work! Especially on the fur texture. :)


Tips should you want them:
Scratchboard is difficult to come by locally for many. I usually order a few from Jerry's Artarama when they go on sale (which they have sales often). But I'm not certain how bad their shipping would be for someone in the UK. One of the big scratchboard manufacturers is Ampersand. If you go to their website you can see who their distributors are and maybe you can find a store in your area that stocks it. If a local store claims to be a distributor but doesn't have any on the shelves be sure to talk to an employee. Many times you can get a custom order.

Don't feel restricted to using the tools that are marketed as scratchboard tools. They're great, don't get me wrong, but anything abrasive will work and you can get many different textures. A fine, chemical free, steel wool is great for taking off larger areas of ink. Same with sandpaper. Exacto blades are popular (although they get dull pretty easily). My favorite tool is a tungsten tipped metal scribe I picked up as it never dulls and gives me amazing superfine scratches. Experiment with what you have around.

Good luck and happy scratching should you decide to pursue the medium! :)
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Lhuin Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for the tips! :D Ahh yea I bet especially steel wool would be useful, I would have liked trying it out on the background but didn't have any. Going to have to try it out!

I will definitely continue to work on scratchboard, super fun medium :aww: need to check the website out too, heard about it from a few people and didn't find it before so next time I buy some I'll try find a distributor or by from them :D

thanks again!
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playingarts Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing, especially for your first try :omfg:
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! Happy to hear!
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:iconlaliberteee:
laliberteee Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
wow ! it's beautyful
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:iconlinnunlento:
Linnunlento Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ihana! Joka karva näyttää upealta!
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Kiitos! ;u;
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:iconsandraaj:
SandraAJ Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Nice work! :)
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:iconlynnstar98:
lynnstar98 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...
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:iconobsidianthefox:
obsidianthefox Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holy mother of all thing WOAH. >.>
thats amazing Lhuin. just... wow!
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:iconrottencanidz:
RottenCanidz Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome! It looks so real! :)
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:icondanarashidi:
DanaRashidi Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is insane!!
I thought it was a picture! :O
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:iconhazirdousmaterial101:
Hazirdousmaterial101 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
simply devine
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:iconxcoyote:
xCoyote Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dear god this is beautiful
if you ever sold anything like this I would buy so many omg
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Konveekou Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing... where did you get the scratchboard?? And the tools? ;A;
I really want to work on one :'D
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Kodaic Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful work! The fur is gorgeous, as well as the eyes.
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kippurable Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Noissa scratchboardeissa (mitä ovatkaan suomeksi) on se hyvä puoli, että pienempikin "paperi" riittää, saa niin paljon yksityiskohtia.. :0 Tykkään kisun naamasta tosi paljon, todella aidon oloinen! Ja tuo vähän hämärä valaistus toimii erittäin hyvin näissä scratch-töissä. ^_^ Mustavalkosuus näyttää kyllä aina niin hyvältä. Pitäs käydä kurkkaamassa itekin löytyykö noita välineitä vaikka Temperasta..
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Lhuin Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Joo mietin samaa, yllättävän ohutta viivaa sai aikaan! XD Ihan erilaista kuin normaaleilla kynillä piirtäessä.
Mut kiitti paljon! 8D kannattaa ehdottomasti kokeilla jos löytyy, ite tykkäsin tosi paljon työskennellä tän kanssa! *3*
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TheRavingRabbit Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work :D
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jonrea Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Stunning.
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GeneralWildfire Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! :heart:
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xMarrux Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ymmärsinkö oikein että tää tekniikka on raaputtamista semmoselle tietylle alustalle? Tehdään koulussa justiinsa samantyylistä, ja sen raapiminen on tuskaista. Paitsi että me tehdään niistä semmoisia että maalataan telalla ja painetaan paperille. Tässä ei varmaan ihan samaa ideaa mutta lähellä? : D

Ja okei sitten tähän työhön;
Tosi realistinen. Turkki on hyvin raaputettua ja silmät on katseenvangitsevia! : D Tykkään itse aiheesta tosi paljon ja ton kissaeläimen (köyhätietoinen ei tiedä eläimen rotua) väritys - laikut, vaaleat kohdat yms. - onnistui tosi hyvin ^_^

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Lhuin Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Joo, pohja (jonka väri voi vaihdella mut yleisimmin valkoinen) jonka päälle on maalattu mustalla kerros ja sit kun sen raaputtaa pois siitä niin se väri sieltä alta paljastuu. Mä tilasin näitä boardeja niin se musta oli siinä valmiina jo tosin, meinasin ite tehdä mut ei ihan selvinnyt että miten se hoituu. XD eli aika saman tyylistä kyllä! Taisin itekin vähän aikaa sitten tehdä tolla telajutulla jotain.
Mut raaputusta joka tapauksessa, ja kun sen raaputtaa niin perua ei voi eikä kumittaa koska se pinta on sitten rikkoutunut siitä kohtaa joten sen takia vähän hankalaa välillä.

Mut kiitti, kiva jos tykkäät! ;u; tää oli kyllä komea lumileopardi joten oli pakko kokeilla piirtää XD
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Seeelenschatten Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow *_* i´t´s very very nice !!
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Sahnebonbon Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, I love it omg ; v ;
And scratchboard, are that these black things where you scratch the black so it turns white or silver? o:
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Lhuin Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! ;u; Yeah it's got two layers, a white base and the black coating on top so when you scratch the black one it reveals the white underneath it. Can be different colours though (such as metallic or coloured) but I prefer a white base on it. :)
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Sahnebonbon Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, I always wanted scratchboards when I was small xD
But they were with a pattern :>
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Kiaruzz Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's an amazing work!! i love it!!
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Akalu Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woow :o this looks so amazing! I thought it was a photo!
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
OOh yey thanks! :D
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:iconberneri:
Berneri Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
EHKÄ VITTU JOSKUS YMMÄRRÄN
KUINKA KYKENET

(spoiler en tuu ikinä ymmärtämään)

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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
EN MINA UMMARRA
Katoin et toi on vähän jotain muuta ku heiluva sieni
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:iconberneri:
Berneri Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
hyi mitä AJATTELITKO jotain pervoa??!!

ystävyytemme on ohi minä en pervoja suvaitse

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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
PYLLY PÄÄ!!
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Ebony0201 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg...so beautiful
I love all those details
it looks so realistic, i want to touch it D:
The reflections in the eyes are awesome, love it!
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeey thank you! The reflections especially were fun to draw 8DD (or scratch hhaa)
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Ebony0201 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<D haha, reflections are awesome :la:
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RainbowDashCat Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful T.T ilove your art , lhuin !!!
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Lhuin Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! ;u;
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