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The Shifletts' Ol' Scratch by No-Sign-of-Sanity The Shifletts' Ol' Scratch by No-Sign-of-Sanity
Hey guys! Here’s a piece I just finished up on my birthday last week. :cake: I was commissioned to make a painting by the amazing fantasy sculpting duo, The Shiflett Brothers, of one of their original characters named Ol' Scratch.

If you don’t know who the Shifletts are, then you’re seriously missing out on some of the most powerful figurative sculpture that’s being made today. I shit you not. Go check out their site [link] and thank me later.

This is probably the coolest project I’ve ever been able to work on for so many reasons. Not only because The Shifletts were crazy enough to hire a bloke like me, but because I was given the task of capturing their dynamic 3D style into a 2D piece of art. Generally things work the other way around where a sculpture will be based off of a drawing or painting, but it was totally cool to be able to flip that convention on its ear. I kinda felt like one of those old school portrait artists who was commissioned to capture the likeness of a royal dictator. Too damn cool!

So anyway, Ol’ Scratch is part of a line of original character sculpts that the Shifletts have recently launched and this sculpture is already available as a resin kit and will eventually be turned into a bronze as well. In addition, this painting I did will be made available as a limited edition print exclusively at their site in the near future. I’m so totally stoked you can’t even believe! I’ll definitely keep you guys posted as to when they become available. =D

So for the technical stuff - This piece is 100% an acrylic painting done with all traditional brushwork on Strathmore cold press 500 series Bristol board. 11” x 16.5”.

I’ve posted an extensive tutorial about the making of this piece on The Shiflett Bros. forum at this [link] or here [link] . I tried to be as thorough as possible in explaining each step of the painting process so I hope it’s helpful to those of you interested in knowing how I make my work. Also if you have any questions regarding the tutorial, please register at the Shiflett forums and ask your question there in the tutorial thread, so we can keep all of the info and answers in one place. Thanks for looking everybody and I hope you all like this piece!

Ol’ Scratch character © The Shiflett Bros.
This image of old Scratch © The Shiflett Bros. & Walter O’Neal 2007
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CrazyChucky Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
This piece is still just as fantastic as when I first saw it. As others have pointed out, the tutorial links no longer work; it seems the Shiflett Brothers' forum isn't there anymore. Any chance of seeing it elsewhere? I remember how informative it was, and was hoping to read through it again as I think it would be helpful for a painting I'm starting.
BorgMoose Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
This is a truly amazing painting. I remember having a look at the tutorial for these and being amazed at how long and thorough your process is. 
I've noticed that the links on this page to that tutorial don't work anymore. Are there any sites where you have posted the tutorial again?
Typhus3k Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
The links are broken!!!!!!!! nooooooo lol
TawnyFritz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have always been intimidated by traditional painting, especially with acrylics. But your in-depth tutorial over on that forum has made me excited to get started. Thank you, thank you, thank you <3
ifes Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
duuuuuuuuuude! that tutorial is sick! i mean, wow! i haven't painted in years (traditional media i mean), and you even got me reading your acrylic palette tutorial! where credit is due. my respects. *bow*
Gollorr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Dude...ain't no way you did that traditionally :D I saw your process and still dont believe it (btw this was THE best process article i've ever seen-it's huge). I accidently found you half an hour ago on the Shifletts'page and ...well I am adding you to dev watch. Officially a fan of yours now :D Rock on, u'r great!
jeewoo-park Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I was don't understand this writing last anytime, but I can understand to this writing now here!
because, I am always study at english!!
ah I am so happy.
GLADIATORsc Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
great stuff man!, I really like the way he's sinisterly looking over his shoulder at the viewer, very unsettling!
odylinn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XDEADMEATX Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
That is beast!!!
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