Sunday 28 November 2010

Whizz - a handsome black Lab

 Small update, not much done yesterday, a tad cold in my studio.

 A little more done today, putting down the base layers first before adding the details and highlights etc. It's looking a little strange with all the different colours but once I have added more detail on top he will look like a black dog. Hmmm think I need to work on his eye, looks a little odd.

 Well, onto my next commission, a very handsome black labradour.

It is on Pastelmatt, A3 in size and I am using a variety of soft coloured pencils, mostly Karisma, a few Derwent coloursoft and one or two Stabilo softcolour (I think these have been discontinued - a shame as they are nice to use). I am then dissolving the cp using a low odour solvent. This is the first time I have done an animal using this method and I will be interested to see how it turns out. I really hope I don't have to start again as this is for Christmas, so not much time left.

Thursday 25 November 2010

Rose and Tango finished

Finally finished Rose and Tango. All in all it took me around 20 hours to do. I hope Rose likes it!

Monday 15 November 2010

Rose and Tango

I think this will be the last post until I have finished. Just Tango's head and the background to do now. I am leaving the head for tomorrow morning when I am fresh....I will need to concentrate for the bits and bridle.

 A little more done, not too much more to do, just the most dificult part, the bridle and bits etc, I will need a very, very sharp pencil to get nice crisp lines. I think that part will take a fair amount of time. I am looking forward to doing the head though.

A small update....not too much to show for 3 hours work, I spent most of it adding  more detail, veins and muscles and layering in darker tones etc.

At last I have something to post. It's been way too long since I last had a pencil in my hand.

This is a commission for a friend, Rose and her and her beautiful horse Tango, bought by a group of her friends for her birthday. (The portrait, not the horse.)
The photo was taken by her partner Jon.

It measures roughly 16" x 12". 
Pencils: Faber Castell Polychromos
Support: Fabrianno Artistico HP.

Around 5 hours of work so far. The scan is not great, but the colours are fairly accurate.

Pencil on toned paper

Here are a couple of experiments using graphite pencil and white coloured pencil, plus a touch of white gel pen on grey paper. I am reasona...