Monday, September 17, 2007

The horse has a name

I must apologise for the delay in revealing the title I have chosen for my 'Horse on Film' and ultimately the winner who will receive a signed, limited edition print - the first in a run of 150.

Things have been all go this weekend and I've barely had a chance to sit down let alone post on my blog so without further ado .......drum roll ........ 'Horse on Film' is now officially 'Day Dreamer'. Thank you to Lynn from Belgium for this great suggestion - a print will be on its way to you soon.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who took the time to send me their ideas - it really is much appreciated.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Work, rest and play

Have been really lazy this past week and simply haven't put the hours in that I need to which means playing catch-up for the next week or two. My reason? .... the need to socialise. I love being an artist and doing what I do but there is no getting away from the fact that it can feel quite isolated and lonely stuck behind an easel all day with no-one to talk to (there are many benefits to this also I might add).

So had a great time doing lunch, shopping, talking and visiting. My best friend from school was over from Australia (hi Michelle), having emigrated there just under three years ago, so it was great to catch up with her - talking on the phone just isn't the same. I even had a proper night out, my first in a looooong time.

It wasn't all fun and play though - I did get some work done including this Jack Russell called Archie, my latest commission.

Changing the subject slightly, the closing date for giving a title to my 'Horse on Film' is this Saturday so any suggestions you might have are still gratefully received. A couple of people have chosen to email me personally via my website with their suggestions which is great if you prefer to do it this way. Either way let me have them.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

And another horse...

This time on paper, and with lots of layers. I feel much more at home working with coloured pencils on paper than drafting film - mainly because I know what I'm doing on paper. This does not mean I have given up on drafting film - far from it - just needed to get my layering fix that's all.

When starting a portrait, be it human or animal, I always start with the eyes and work my way out. Get them wrong and the portrait just won't look right as you know. With horses, however, I start with the muzzle and work my way up?!?! Not really sure why apart from it being my favourite part to draw - don't you just love their muzzles?