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scratchboard flamingo by rah-bop scratchboard flamingo by rah-bop
11x14" scratchboard with colored inks. It is based on a photograph I took at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. This was my first try coloring scratchboard and it was kind of an adventure! I used Winsor & Newton drawing inks first but didn't like them, so I switched to Liquitex drawing ink halfway through and liked that much better.

I gave the original to my great aunt for her 100th birthday in early October 2009. Prints are available (note me.)
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The light finds an astonishing spectrum of hues in scratchboard flamingo, outstanding work from *rah-bop. ( Featured by SRaffa )
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xKaseix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is just incredible. :eyepopping:
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A-Gonzo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful Colours and Details 
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Wow, excellent detail work!
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chalkolotcake Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
this is awesome! Good job!
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adrianna246 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you use prism color marker or what sort of ink? I am doing the same thing with a lion after seeing an amazing piece in person. This would help me lots thanks
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rah-bop Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I used Winsor & Newton drawing inks and Liquitex drawing ink. These are just little glass pots of ink and I used a paintbrush to apply them. Prismacolor markers might work too, but I've never tried it so I don't know. Might be worth experimenting!
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adrianna246 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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MurphSmurfin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Artist
nice color! did you use the clay inks??
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spasticlizard Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is the most incredible scratchboard piece I have ever seen! How did you apply the color, if you don't mind my asking? Very beautiful!
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kira333333 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to see the photography and to know how much time did you passed doing this, Thank you 
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RyanValentineComics Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely cool. Nice work.
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miamary123456 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing!
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AnnRan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! A great composition well executed!
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RedAventador Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I am in awe! :D Scratchboard is one of my favorite mediums, but I've never yet felt confident enough to color it!This is really incredible, the detail work on each individual feather, the exact attention to lighting...amazing work!!!!! I don't know what else to say!
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TomoFromFire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconpapcryplz: THIS IS SO COOL!
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anescapefromthereal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Soooo soo pretty.
What did you use to color the scratch board?
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icarus-redemption Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I love scratchboard but I have never tried using colored inks. I've always wanted to...and seeing this gorgeous flamingo is spurring me on! Fantastic work!
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BlvckFiend Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This is amazing!
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Copycolor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! Wish I knew how to do something like this.
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xXAnnakKXx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Photographer
This is absolutely stunning!!!!I want to try scratchboarding as well and I was wondering how exactly you got the colour in?
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legg32 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I have always thought about doing this, hope mine comes out half as good.
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AmyGreenArt Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Unbelievably realistic!
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Mararda Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Amazing! This is so elegant! :)
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Dragos-Sulgheru Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Hi,
I have featured your work in my latest journal entry. You can take a look at it here: [link]
Have a great day! :)
Dragos
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Sprucetail Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
wow! what do you use to colour a scratchboard?
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GreedySavage Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job
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MarieOak Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
amazing *.*
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Rodmansvisuals Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Fantastic and fasinating!!!! WHOA!!
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cinda6000 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
WOW!
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You've been featured in my journal :heart: [link]
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rah-bop Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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mitzieBgood Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
WOW!!!!!!!! SWEET!
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011   General Artist
the feathers looks amazing!
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fairth Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely, it's like a fountain of feathers.
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vssertse Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Woooow!! I can just say wooow!
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Tahnja Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, coloured scratchboard? Bravo!!!!
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is simply amazing! I love the colors and the light!
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catharicdissonance Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
THIS IS GORGEOUS
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Indigo1230 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazingly beautiful, I hope I can do scratch board as well as you someday!!
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lconverse Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
excellent work with the coloring! inspires me to try it some time.
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SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That is awesome. I really love this.
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LOULOUGSTP Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Fabulous !!!
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Kaffiene Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
"First try"?! Kudos to you! Amazing piece. :)
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HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing! Beautiful color, pose, composition... it's just stellar!
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geckofactory Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
This picture is far more than stunning, the daily deviation is more than deserved. A great view, more than exact details and, well, it's a flamingo, what more do you need? Keep up the great and amazing work!

yours,
Tigermond
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Conversen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Thank you for letting us feaure this piece!
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XXXGrapeJuiceXXX Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010   Traditional Artist
completely f*ckin amazing!!! wow
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V-Inks Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
So awesome, just saying
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eclectic-persona Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Wow. Really and truely and beautifully, Wow. I am really interrested in scratchboard and right now i'm curious about the process of coloring the original. How do you do this? What inks do you use? This piece is by far the most beautiful peice of scratch coloring i have ever seen. i would love to hear from you on how you acheive this.
~EP
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