Sunday, November 28, 2010
Well.... I'm calling this one finished. I'm going to be delivering this to the person who commissioned me to do, tomorrow. I'm excited about the timing of getting this finished. The person I did this for has been at the dog show for the last three days and in just three days she got her Novice Obedience title on her male Rottie. Not only did she get her title in just three days her scores were really high, they were 195.5, 196.5 and 190 out of 200. That was so awesome! She will be at the dog show tomorrow and I think it will be fun to deliver this to her after the last 3 great days she had at the dog show, she's been anxious to have me finish it.
I pretty much used the same pallet throughout the drawing except on the tongue. There I used most of the pinks that Prismacolor has as well as some blue violet, henna, black grape, cool grey 90%, white and clay rose.
Now I'm going to get back to my Raccoon I started, so watch for the updates on that piece.
If you should have any questions or comments please let me know.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Here's another update to the Abby Portrait. I'm continuing to use the same pallet as I did in the last post.
Abby seems to be coming along nicely, I'm going to start working on the mouth next.
As you can see I am continuing to draw in the color on the contour drawing. I like finishing each little square inch as I go because that way I don't loose the contour drawing. I also like working this way to keep me from being bored. Every little square inch that is complete makes feel like I accomplished something even if I only work for a few minutes on the drawing. Colored pencil can take quite some time to complete, some times up to 150 hours for one drawing. If I finish one square inch at a time I have at least completed something, LOL. As far as I'm concerned, there is really no right or wrong way to do it. I know there are purists who think it's better to work on the drawing as a whole but..... I just don't do it that way and that doesn't mean it's the wrong way to do it.
I know I may seem like I am rambling regarding this issue but I have to say I have had more than a few people try to tell me that drawing in the fashion I do isn't the correct way to do it. My answer to that controversy is..... as long as the end result is finished and looks correct who cares what I did to get to that finished product. We all have our own way to "skin the cat" as they say.
If you have any questions by all means speak up...... And most of all Keep Scribbling!!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
As I mentioned in the last post, I had to stop working on the Raccoon to do this commission of this Rottweiler named Abby.
Abby is owned by a friend of mine named Judy. She also owns Dutch, Dutch was bred with my female, Harlow and I kept one of the pups. I also did a commission of Dutch, if you're interested in seeing it you can find the post listed under Rottweiler.
The first picture is the reference drawing I'm working from. It was taken by Jack Fields who has given me permission to use his photo.
When creating a piece like this I start by drawing my contour drawing on sketch paper and then transferring it to the mat board. I do not do a detailed drawing, I just simply do a contour drawing. To get the proportion correct I use the grid system to draw the contour drawing. I then use transfer paper to trace the contour drawing onto the mat board. This piece is done with Prismacolor pencils on suede mat board. The nice thing about the mat board is you can leave the mat board as your background. It looks really nice for portraits and also helps speed up the process.
The colored pencils I'm using so far in this piece are 10-90% warm and cool gray, slate grey, deco blue, goldenrod, mineral orange, terra cotta, cloud blue, light peach, sunburst yellow, dark umber, indigo blue, true blue, white, black, chocolate, cream, greyed lavender, pumpkin orange, sky blue light, powder blue, blue violet lake, peach and sienna brown, these are not in any particular order of use. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to let me know.