Where I've seen my photos

Written on December 19, 2014

As well as being a commercial photographer I also take photos to sell as stock. But sometimes I get requests from artists to use my photos too.

The scratchboard art of Judith Edwards-White

Australian artist Judith Edwards-White contacted me through Flickr after seeing a photo of my photo of “Kitten and shoe” to ask if I minded if she turned it into a scratchboard art. I was really interested to see how it would turn out and she has not disappointed, she’s brought out details that I hadn’t noticed in my photo.

Scratchboard art is made by using scratching onto a clayboard which typically consist of a black layer and a white layer. The harder you scratch the bolder the white lines beneath and you can see how painstakingly detailed the shoes are. Judith also creates coloured pieces as well, as with my ginger kitten, which must require a lot more patience and skill to get right.

In 2011 Judith became one of Australia’s first two Master Scratchboard Artists, I can understand why!

Here is my original; this cute little kind, shy, sleepy, nice ginger kitten sister of my crazy monster. After that, you’ll find Judith’s artist interpretation.

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I think I know where I’m going to be sending my spaniel photos next year to be turned into Christmas presents!

Please don’t forget to visit Judith’s web site

Custom Cuts by Janna

Janna Loucks is an old schoolfriend and a talented paper cutting artist who shares my love of animals and travelling. She started creating her detailed works of art after giving birth to her adorable daughter Poppy who features regularly in her artwork.

To make a paper cut Janna works with a treasured photograph from her client which she then digitally manipulates to draw from and then cuts by hand.

When she first began she used to create simple, yet effective pieces of art consisting of just a few layers of paper. But now she works with many more layers in order to create even finer detail and depth to her images.

Janna wanted to show off her diverse style and detailed eye and asked if she could create an African collection using several of my photos from my time in South Africa.

Here is the first image of mine she used.

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Which she then did this to:

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Close up of the layers.

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Which eventually became this:

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Next up was my favourite photo of Amazon the jaguar.

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After just a few layers:

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After adding a lighter coloured layer:

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Close up of the detail:

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After days of hard work it’s finally it its frame:

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More of Janna’s work can be seen here.