Hi! I'm new to 1001Critique group and a scratchboard artist. I'd like to leave a critique for you but I'd like to know a bit about the piece. In particular: it's size and if it was on a scratchboard or on the scratchpaper.
That said it's very good for your first one. He's such a cute lil bugger.
Thank you so much for the kind comment! The piece was completed on scratch board and is pretty little (only 18cmx13cm) as I was a bit afraid of going too big with a new medium. I'm so sorry for the late reply! I haven't had the opportunity to check my deviant art lately but any critique or advise from a scatchboard artist would be much appreciated!
Never a bad thing to start small so you don't get overwhelmed.
critique: Nice work on those eyes, the way you did your scratching they have dimension and depth. Same thing with the stippling on the nose. You also caught that distinctive terrier face.
The fur texture does seem inconsistent though. The lower left has finer lines that build up, making a silky texture, much like a Yorkie. Where the fur everywhere else is rougher, clumpier, like that of one of the wire-haired breeds. Also the really short, wider lines on the top of the muzzle and the top of the head almost make the fur seem shaved. Thinner, possibly longer, and more evenly spaced lines that blended a bit more with the longer fur would fix that.
Overall I think you did a nice job and I hope you keep practicing. Experiment with different tools to achieve different line qualities and textures. Everything from the standard scratchboard tools that you can buy to things that aren't as conventional like: sewing pins, fine sandpaper, steel wool (with no chemicals on it), different exacto knife tips, etc. If you ever have questions or anything just send a note.
Thanks so much for the critique! I agree that I need some more practice with making fur a bit more consistent and you're advice is really helpful! I will definitely try using some unconventional tools next time as well as that sounds really cool! Thank you so much I will keep practicing!
Nice scratchboard work! It has a lot of detail. I think fur is always a good subject for scratchboards. I think it's particularly interesting how you handled the eyes, because I don't know if I would have thought of using lines the way you did. It looks really nice, and really gives a sense of depth!