Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Colin

'Colin'
8"x10" Coloured Pencil
Copyright Laura Hardie 2010

And he’s finished. Colin is definitely one of those portraits where I could have kept going adding bits here and there where said ‘bits’ wouldn’t actually improve the portrait in any way or more than likely even be noticed by anyone but me. At this stage of a drawing I almost have to force myself to stop for fear of over doing it and it ending up overworked or, worse still, my colours turning grey and ‘muddy’ looking. So no more pencil work will be taking place....... unless of course there are ammendments to be made.

25 comments:

Gillian McMurray said...

I thought you had uploaded the reference photo here - the portrait is so clear and the colours so brilliant. Love the eyes. That little bit of golden brown in the eye is beautiful.

Vicki Greene said...

Amazing and beautiful work. He looks so real that I want to pet him.

Crystal Cook said...

He looks amazing, I am really impressed with how the eyes look so real and expressive. You've inspired me to pick up my colored pencils again! Beautiful.

Sally Lancaster said...

I know it took you longer than you'd hoped but it's fantastic!!

pett paintings said...

Fantastic, I love it!

Laura said...

Thank you everyone, your comments are much appreciated:D

Crystal, I'm so pleased my work has inspired you to pick up your pencils again - I love to think it can do this:D

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Sensational piece!

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Waow!GREAT job!

Grahame Butler said...

fantastic as always........

Suzie White said...

Laura, You are amazing! I think he is your best, that I've seen. The client must be estatic.

Jo said...

Absolutely beautiful Laura!

Laura said...

Thank you everyone:D

Teresa said...

Gosh, Laura, your art is simply awesome. Been catching up on my blog reading...and you've really been busy. Thanks for showing the progression of your work... always interesting to see how an artist works.

Colin Hall said...

I am Colin's owner and we have searched for a long time for the right artist to show the soul Colin has in his eyes and to us what a lovely specimen of the breed he is.
We have without doubt chosen well with Laura, her portrait is little short of stunning, it will certainly not be the last one she does of Colin for us.
Can't say how pleased I am with the portrait.

Gil

I'm Xan! I'm a person, I swear! said...

Just stunning. I just ran across your blog a few days ago, and subscribed just so I could watch this one develop. Your work is not only accurate, it's beautiful. You bring real heart and creativity into the photo-realism, allowing the soul of the animal to shine through. Just lovely!

Laura said...

Hi Teresa and thank you:) I love to see how other artists work too and hope that my progress shots show, if only a little, how I work:)

Hi Gil, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog and I hope you pop in from time to time to see what's on my drawing board:)

As you know I am delighted you are happy with your portrait and that I have captured Colin as you know him. Getting comments like this reminds me why I love what I do, thank you:D

Hi Xan and welcome to my blog:) What a beautiful way to describe my work, thank you:)

Laura Barber-Riley said...

Staggering good Laura, just amazing!!

Laura said...

Thank you Laura:D

Diane said...

Just when I think you can't be more impressive you are indeed! Your are by far the most excellent animal artist I have ever come across. Thank you for sharing!

Krista Hasson said...

I am speechless. Wow! your work blows me away.

Jennie Norris said...

Amazing!! I'm always awestruck by your work, this one is especially nice, Beautiful!!!

Jacqueline Gnott said...

From an artist and a dog lover, your work is fabulous, Laura. Colin is really wonderful!!

Laura said...

Thank you so much Diane for your kind words - that is great praise indeed:D

Hi Krista, thank you:D

Thank you too Jennie:) I enjoyed working on this one as its always nice to do something that bit different from a traditional head study:D

Thank you Jacqueline - I love your watercolours and think I'll be treating myself to one of your DVD's, they look great:D

sue said...

Hi Laura
Just back from hols so am late looking/commenting here. Yet another fabulous portrait - what a great start to 2010!

Laura said...

Hi Sue, Welcome back - you've been missed:)