Veiled Chameleon Scratchboard

This work was my first attempt at working with scratchboard. In hindsight, I probably chose a subject that was too ambitious for my first go. I’ve been working on this piece off and on for several years. After a few hours here and there over a large span of time, it’s finally complete!

My subject for this piece was a beautiful photograph of a Veiled Chameleon taken by Macrojunkie who has a lot of great macro photography on DeviatArt. I would like to personally thank Macrojunkie for providing such beautiful and inspirational imagery.

Veiled Chameleon yemen 5 by macrojunkie on DeviantArt
Link to Veiled Chameleon yemen 5 by macrojunkie on DeviantArt

Veiled Chameleon yemen 5 by macrojunkie on DeviantArt

This chameleon photo has a great deal of contrast with lots of fine detail that I anticipated could be capture nicely with scratchboard. After staring at this photo for many many hours, I’m still impressed by the depth and texture in this little creatures scales.

2015

Project started in late 2015. I quickly realize how tedious this project was going to be. The initial focus was mostly on the outline and proportions.

2016

In 2016, I made lots of tiny scales.

2017

2018

No progress was made during 2018 due to a deployment.

2019

The chameleon’s eye was the last piece I tackled and it was by far the most tedious and complicated.

Finished Piece

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