Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another Weim

I do love Weimaraners and they certainly seem to be appearing in my drawings a lot lately. I’d have one if I could but also want a lab, boxer and cocker spaniel and unfortunately I just don’t have the room (or money:)) so I’ll need to be satisfied with just drawing them for the time being. I had to draw this one as soon as I saw the reference photo as I loved his expression and the intense look in his eyes – would love to know what it was that caught his attention.

A Work in Progress
Copyright Laura Hardie 2010

Not too much left to do now and then it's onto .............another Weim!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cocker Spaniel in pencil

Copyright Laura Hardie 2010
(My thanks to Nicola McClure for the reference photo used for this drawing)

And he’s finished. Still thinking of a suitable title and need to give this some more thought over the coming week – the hardest part of any drawing I often think!

Not quite sure what I’m going to attempt next …….. I'm thinking another Weim. I have a couple of references of this dog that I like so just need to choose which to do first.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cocker in progress

I’m really enjoying working with pencil just now so decided to stay with it for my next drawing. Not only that but my subject is the gorgeous Rodaidh who you will be familiar with from my previous post. I wanted the focal point of this drawing to be his face with everything else not being quite as detailed. Not sure if I’m achieving this exactly though or if my hand knows how to do this - before I know it the detail is in. Loosening off now that I’ve made a start on his body – it’s funny because I find I have to think a lot more when trying to achieve less.

I've taken a few progress shots along the way which you may (or may not) find interesting.

A Work in Progress
Copyright Laura Hardie 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Approx. 23cmx19cm, Pencil
Copyright Laura Hardie 2010

Still here – just! Things haven’t settled down as I’d hoped and, quite simply, life in general is a bit chaotic away from the drawing board not giving me much time to draw – lots of things thrown at me that I need to deal with unfortunately. As a result I am unable to accept commissioned work at this time and can't actually say whether or not this will be an option open to me in the future and I guess only time will tell.

I’m not giving up on my art altogether however, and instead I’m going to use this time (or at least what I have) concentrating on my own drawings and paintings and putting together a portfolio of work. It’s something I’ve been promising myself for long enough and I do need to do. What direction I want, and can, go with my art is still at a very early ‘not sure’ stage – I need to wait until things have settled down in my life and I have a clear head to make decisions with.

I needed something relaxing to work on, and of course the perfect subject, so chose to do a pencil drawing of a beautiful Cocker Spaniel called Rodaidh. The beauty of pencils is you can pick them up where you left off without any hassle and I do love to scribble away with my pencils – perfect combination! Rodaidh is not long finished and has now passed the ‘tweaking’ stage so is ready to be mounted and framed. I’m calling this drawing ‘Anticipation’ (thank you to fellow artist Karl Connolly for this suggestion).

My thanks to Nicola McClure for the reference photo.