Saturday, 18 June 2011

Drawing Update

Had a quiet Saturday today, took Glider for a hack this morning then been drawing most of the afternoon. Seems as though this drawing isn't moving too quickly but i think it's due to the masses of colours in his coat, plus layering the texture takes a little while. I seem to be using my pencils through very quickly as the paper just eats them! Will possibly need some new additions to the set after this. Pleased with how it's going so far and i'm really keen to see it completed now.

Work in Progress
Coloured Pencil on Pastel Paper

Friday, 17 June 2011

Quiet Week and Two New Pieces

I have had a very quiet week, this week, mainly due to mum and dad being away. Haven't really been doing all that much other than relaxing as i am on my semester break from college. Work has also been quiet so it feels like the week has dragged on a bit during the day. The evenings have been going by so quickly though, as i have managed to start two new pieces this week since finishing the Golden Retriever drawing.

I am attempting my first ever oil painting and so have started that now, got the basic picture in and have put a background on. Very rough at this stage but mostly it's an experiment so i'm not expecting miracles. But i am pleased with the background so far, although i think i may have to change the colour slightly as it's quite bright, but then it may look different once the horse is painted in more. I have posted a first stage picture so far and i'm currently waiting for the first layer to dry. Checked it this morning and the outline of the horse is dry so i can probably get a first layer of undertone on there tonight for the horse's head.

Work in Progress
10 x 8 Oil on Canvas Board

This time i did manage to take the picture with a camera, mainly because of the fact that my phone seems to have developed a pink hue to it since doing an update on it last week, very annoying! Though, to be honest, the camera picture isn't that great either as it's too sensitive to the light and always needs a flash, and if i don't use the flash, it's blurry! Can't win really.

So whilst this is drying, i decided to get going on another drawing. This one is of my dog Womble, a very cute picture which i have been dying to draw since it was taken as it captures him perfectly. I decided to do another drawing on pastel paper with coloursoft pencils and some faber castell pencils also. So far i am pleased with it, it is slightly different to how i would normally do a drawing, mainly because the pencils are so soft and the paper has quite a lot of texture, but for his type of coat, i think the style should work quite well, so finger crossed it turns out. Here is a first stage scan of where i have got to so far. This is as true to real as i can get at this stage.

Work in Progress
Coloured Pencil on Pastel Paper

I will be working on these more over the week and hopefully will be able to add more stage photos on as they progress. It's meant to rain all weekend, so i am sure that will allow me many drawing hours to work on them!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Golden Retriever Pup Finished

So after quite a bit of time off from this drawing to do college and various things, i have finally managed to finish it and i am very happy with how it turned out. I am fairly sure i want to frame this one, as i think that will make it more of a feature. I haven't decided on a name for it yet, but i am glad to have it done so i can display the finished image.

Golden Retriever
Graphite on Fabriano
Watercolour Paper

Unfortunately i have been unable to get a good scan of this picture and so i have had to upload a picture from my phone so the original is slightly brighter, but for now it's as close as i can get. I am hopefully going to get all my pieces scanned properly which will help them look more true to life. Our scanner at work is a bit tricky to use and i'm never sure if i'm using it correctly.

Now with this one done, my next aim is to move onto a bit of dabbling with my oil paints which i am desperate to try. Having never used them before it should pose quite a challenge and i am currently working on trying to find the right reference photo to use, about which i am very picky! I am hoping that with a bit of time before i start back at college i can have a proper go and get something going and possibly even finished! Very exciting stuff. I am hoping to find my picture and get started tonight, but i am not sure if i will have anything to post just yet. Will hopefully be able to update later this week.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Update on the Golden Retriever

I have been so busy lately with college work and assignment deadlines etc that i haven't really had much time to draw so this piece has been taking a bit longer than normal. It's getting there though and i think there is probably another few hours work to go before it's finished.

Have put a couple of updates on here of the progress and now i am on my semester break from college, i should have more time to finish it. Final photo hopefully to come very soon!

Work in Progress