This is my latest completed commission – Ben, he is a red border collie. It was a pleasure to draw such a colourful dog, he has a mass of orange, red and ginger fur I selected this pose as I love drawing movement. With a focus on the face I wanted the rest of Ben to appear loose and fluid by using bold strokes with the pastel. I used conte pastel pencils and sticks as well as carbothello pastel pencils.
I came across this quote by Robert Henri – ‘the artist is interesting to himself and he is interesting to others’ I find this quite reassuring because I always think I must sound very boring when I prattle on about art
Aren’t spaniels’ ears the best thing to draw. So soft and flowing with such varying tones that present a great challenge. This drawing is almost complete now this ear taking up nearly half of the drawing. You could possibly draw every single fur detail but that would not be artistic, merely copying so I have shown the soft velvety flow of the ears by creating a uniform tonal detail.
This drawing is now complete. I have drawn him in Faber Castell graphite pencils on Arches Watercolour Paper. It is mounted to 16 x 12″ and is available to buy from my website shop. Click here to buy or on the image. I would love to hear what you think of him…..
Progress drawing on my Shar Pei twins. What a great picture, they look like a pair of elephant babies. When I saw the photo I immediately thought of my 3 tones of grey conte pastel pencils and knew it would make a wonderful drawing. Progress is going well, currently I am just mapping out the 3 different colour tones (well 4 if you include white)
This is a preliminary sketch drawing for a pastel drawing I have started today. It’s rare for me to do a preparation drawing but I there are so many tricky elements to this portrait that I wanted to practice first. I have called it ‘snow spaniel’ (decided to change its name) because the original has got snow flakes on his head. I can’t show that with the pencil but it will look really effective with pastel.
Time to share some of my Christmas commissions. This is Aero, a King Charles spaniel. I could tell immediately that the reference photo would make an excellent sensitive drawing. I have drawn him in conte pastel pencil, conte soft pastels and sennelier pastels. The reference photo had one eye almost closed so I needed to open it up more otherwise it would look unusual. It is a good example of when artistic licence is needed, in a photo it looks fine because we know its a photo so it must be correct, but different sized eyes in a drawing is judged to be an error.
The drawing of Brandt the golden cocker spaniel is now complete. I have added the details I needed to but completed the rest quite loosely. This original pet portrait is a commission and will be sold framed. To view my recent commissions visit my website www.cricketandotheranimals.co.uk
This is a drawing of my dog Charlie, I wanted to show how expressions in a dog are brilliant to capture in artform. I often get asked to draw pet portraits that are quite posed and traditional however there is a new wave of pet art coming to the fore which is much more expressive with the view of capturing certain characteristics of the pet rather than a staged one. This is one of Charlie’s many different expressions, its the challenge in the eyes of him wanting me to chase him around the house to retrieve the sock back.