Right now I am donating 15% of all sales done through my web site (www.aphelionart.com) toward Oil Spill Relief efforts to help wildlife. Now is a great time to buy, as you will not only get great art, but also help out!
I have made more progress on Rustle and also started a new piece while in Oregon. The background is still being worked on, but getting closer to completed and just a little more tweaking.
This small macaw piece I will be using as a demonstration at the Indianapolis scratchboard convention in July. I will be doing a demonstration on how I color my work and also on doing feathers and different textures.
I appologize to those following along on the tiger. It will be a bit before I come back and finish her, as I am going to be traveling for about 10 days to Oregon and won't be taking it with me. Then I will be returning and busy, busy with the opening of the Greeley Stampede Western art show. I hope to squeeze some hours to work on her toward the end of the month.
My artwork will be gracing the poster for this year's stampede event since I won thier purchase award last year.
More background is being added. It is primarily being created with the fiberglass brush for the foreground plants and a nail buffer for the stalks in the background. Diluted ink is added to help push the elements 'back' so that they are not too bright and do not distract from the tiger.
The depth of fur that you see on the body is created with a comination of a scalpel blade done in somewhat randome directions, followed up with a light touch with the ultrafine fiberglass brush to soften the lines. By leaving some lines darker it looks like the fur has clumped together.