Monday, June 28, 2010


A Work in Progress
Copyright Laura Hardie 2010

If I were to choose a favourite breed of dog to draw I think the Labrador would come out tops ……. just! There are many breeds I love to portray but I definitely have a huge soft spot for Labs. I’m currently working on a drawing of one who seems to be enjoying a quiet moment to herself, lost in her own world of doggie thoughts. A bit like me at the minute with having so many things in my life to sort out and make decisions on – lots of moments where I am deep in thought, planning what best to do next.

There’s not too much left do on this drawing but enough that I may have to leave it to start something new and go back to it at a later date as I think I need a bit of a change. You can see a couple of progress shots on my Facebook page.

I had a great day out at the Royal Highland Show with my daughter (and camera:)) on Friday and, as always seems to be the case when I go there, have come away inspired – this time to do lots of paintings! I still have a couple of pencil drawings I want to do but I’ll definitely be dusting off my brushes after that.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Boxer finished

26cm x 19.5cm, Pencil
Copyright Laura Hardie 2010

After what seems like forever working on this drawing my Boxer is now finished and I’m really pleased with how he has turned out. As I mentioned in my previous post, I know this Boxer well and the expression captures how I know him best. I’ve yet to think of a title for this piece, often the hardest part, and there are a few ideas floating about my head – just need to decide which fits him best!

Away from the drawing board I have been working on my prints which, let me tell you, has not been easy. Graphite is not only difficult to photograph or scan but a nightmare to print too it seems. Lots of hours, paper, ink, tears, frustration, anger and choice language just to try and get the print to look like the original! It can be done, I know it can, and I wont settle for anything less – I’m a lot further forward thanks to a fellow graphite artist (thank you Nolon) although turns out I need a new scanner. Not really a surprise as it has been something I’ve been looking at getting for a good while now and could explain why my scans are not picking up all my pencil strokes, especially the lighter ones. Just as well my birthdays coming up:)