This post explains how I went about setting up a water background for a scratchboard drawing – a background that was different than what was in the reference photo.
I’ve been working on this scratchboard drawing for a couple of years. It’s been a demo piece, but now I’m in “finish mode” for submission to an art show. I took the reference at a dog play day where there was a pond, and all along I’ve debated whether to include the water or not. I decided today that I should include the water. But not THAT water… The ground and water in the photo doesn’t appeal to me.
Here’s where the artistic license and “fun with Photoshop” part of the process kicks in.
I’ve put water in two other drawings and was happy with the result, so I want the same effect here. I used the water reference from one of those drawings.
And just for fun, here are a couple of IG videos of the scratching process on the Border Collie drawing.