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My first attempt at scrimshaw. It's about 1 inch and a quarter from the tip of the nose to the back of the horn.

If you're not familiar with it, it's etching on bone, ivory or a substitute (as with here, synthetic ivory gun grips) and then rubbing ink over it. When it wipes away the ink stays in the grooves.

This was a practice piece so I was doing it on the rough back panel of a gun grip. So the gouges, mess and lines going around and through it weren't my fault, it's just what was left behind when they cut away the back at the factory. I'll be working on the smooth side next so none of that will be there for my next one.

This is my first attempt, mostly getting used to the tool, what kind of depth I need and so forth. It took me about 45 minutes total and overall I'm quite happy with how it turned out! I wasn't going for perfection or a finished work, so forgive the roughness of the lines Thank you for looking!
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Bearbad Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
awesome
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BiNeko-san Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
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Eyliana Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks great I think!
It's really nice, especially for a frist time :)
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Scribbl3 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
The roughness and the pre excisting lines really add to it for me. Great stuff
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MynaOphelia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Wow that looks quite difficult! So when you scratch it in, can you see the work you've done so far, or does it only become visible once you rub in the inks?

This looks amazing...
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! No, I can't really see what I'm doing. I can sketch it on the back because it's rougher and go over the lines but I can't necessarily see my scratches unless they're really deep, like what's in the antlers. So for the lines in the face, I'm pretty much working blind until I put the ink on it.
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MynaOphelia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
That's insane! It sounds so challenging working blindly...
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ViridianGreen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
cool ! looks very good :D scrimshanding is so interesting :D But I 'd say that at some parts you should have gone a little deeper but since handling the needle is not that easy you did very well for the first piece !
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yes, I saw that after I inked it. I can't see most of the scratches I do so I'm not really sure how it'll turn out in the end. But it's only my first piece and I hope I improve from here!
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ViridianGreen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Since it is your first practice, I am sure you will improve :D
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Colbatros Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Writer
First attempt? Well, damn, can't wait to see more.
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barzaly Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Interface Designer
wow damn. great!
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BatPhace Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG HUN This is amazing :D You're so talented!! :iconbrohugplz:
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you!
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SquirrelGirl15 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! Interesting! I want to try it!!!
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dragonesscence Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very cool! :)
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Karaouq Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is really cool :D
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timelessWavelength Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Impressive! I'm looking forward to (possibly) more in the future!
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AJ333 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhh wow that's super pretty~ @.@
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Calvalier Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you did pretty good for your first attempt. o.o
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you!
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Jorik-Spiritwolves Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist
You're always forgiven ^^
And actually the roughness looks pretty cool since it's a natural (well real ivory and bone at least) product and therefore rarely is completely smooth, right?
It does look amazing :D
I'm already looking forward to seeing more of these, while improving along the way ^^
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ww, thank you! Yeah, ivory and bone aren't perfectly smooth but you can buff it and smooth it out to get rid of all those annoying little grooves and lines that show up after you ink. I've got a set of gun grips and a bone handled bowie knife to work on when I feel more confident :)
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Jorik-Spiritwolves Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist
You're most welcome!
Too be honest I do like a bit of texture in it, however that's ofcourse a personal taste :)
Gun grips of guns you use or just to etch in?
Love to see the bowie knife though when you finish it, though make sure you take time to practice since you said that it's a very onforgiving medium (still have a lot of faith in you finishing it though ^^)

*wishes he had a bowie knife... wouldn't do much with it but I just love how cool they look xD*
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Sushi-Troll Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is really gorgeous! :iconiwantitplz: I'll save up money for sure and see about buying something like this from you, should you decide to open up shop. :D
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive!
And you havent' chosen the easiest subject to begin with :wow:
Truly amazing! Congrats for this first attempt! :love:
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I used to draw a lot of wildlife, mostly dall sheep and moose so I'm no stranger to it. It was quite refreshing getting back to the ol' familiar elk. The scrimshaw part of it is quite interesting and really fun.
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T0MN0MN0M Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
this. is. amazing. for your first attempt, this is incredible! well done!!! ^^
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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asteampunk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
not bad i like it
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BrandyWolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
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DreamsMixedReality Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah maze ing
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BBChild Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow, this is fantastic for a first attempt. o,o For any attempt, really. |D
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WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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BBChild Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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