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August 24, 2012
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FinePix S2940WM
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1/91 second
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5 mm
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Sep 11, 2011, 10:31:15 PM
Digital Camera FinePix S2940/Walmart Ver1.01
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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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Eyliana Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks great I think!
It's really nice, especially for a frist time :)
Scribbl3 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
The roughness and the pre excisting lines really add to it for me. Great stuff
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...
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.
MynaOphelia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
That's insane! It sounds so challenging working blindly...
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 !
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!
ViridianGreen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Since it is your first practice, I am sure you will improve :D
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