Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Border Collie montage - finished

Bill and Molly
20x16 Coloured Pencil
Private commission
Again I find I’ve deserted my blog but must admit I hadn’t realised it had been so long since my last post. Keeping a blog definitely brings home, for me anyway, just how quickly time flies. In my defence I didn’t have anything finished to show or anything remotely interesting to say or report.

I’ve spent a lot of time working on my montage which I am pleased to say is now finished and been approved. Working on this for so long and looking at their photos on almost a daily basis for the last month or so, I feel like I have really got to know both dogs personally and will miss them.

Something completely different I’ve been working on and recently finished is a pencil portrait of two ladies, another commissioned piece. Graphite is definitely my preferred medium when drawing people but I still use the same technique as I would if using coloured pencils – slowly building up layer after layer of pencil until I get the depth I am after. I also tend to prefer the harder lead – here I used a 5H, 4H, 2H, H, B and 2B.

16x12 Graphite Pencil
Private commission

Next on my easel are two black labs and I will blog my progress as I work on them. Also need to finish work for the UKCPS exhibition – closing date for entries is the 9th July so had better get a move on.


Paulette said...

You have done a great job finishing off the dogs. The background really worked out well!
The Lady's are beautifully done!

Laura said...

Thank you Paulette, landscapess - or should I say greens - are not my strong point so I'm happy with how it turned out:)

Pet Portrait Artists said...

It turned out lovely Laura : )

Tracy Hall said...

Great work on the grass, Laura! Its goes without saying that the dogs are superb :)

Laura said...

Thanks Mel:)

Thank you Tracy, it took almost forever but I don't think I could've done it without my fan brush - I ended up using this for most of the under layers before adding coloured pencil and it worked out well I think.