Friday, May 18, 2007

Artists block?

What a week - and not in a good productive way with work flying off the easel. Instead I have binned two attempts at my latest commission as I wasn't happy with how either were progressing. Normally, although frustrating, this wouldn't be a problem but when I'm on a tight schedule with deadlines to meet it is precious time wasted.

Three days on and a switch from pastels to colour pencils - not to mention many thoughts of self doubt - I am a lot happier with how it is turning out. This is going to be a large portrait with full background so will show some in progress shots in another post - need to work on it a bit more to have anything worth posting (am also hoping to have an A3 size scanner over the weekend to make things easier).

I can however show you a portrait that is finished - except for a bit of tweaking here and there - of two short haired tabbies. Brothers Harry and George are drawn on Fabriano Artistico paper with colour pencils, size 16 x 12.


Anonymous said...

Great drawing Laura, so detailed, and two fine moggies to boot.How do you get the whiskers in so fine, do you scratch the surface of the paper, come on do tell lol?
Hope the block lifts soon,it can be a real pain.

Laura said...

Thanks - glad you like it. I used my trusty electric eraser for the whiskers and if they are too 'fat' I work back into them with my pencils. It does take a steady hand mind you and don't know if I'll be able to pull it off when I'm old lol.

Anonymous said...

Ahh I see, I have one of those as well,but never thought to try it for whiskers,so I will try my hand at it, mind you not when I have a couple of glasses of wine though lol.