Sunday, May 26, 2013

Izzy - WIP 1

Izzy is a Spanish Water Dog with a lot of personality! Her mom commissioned me to paint her portrait, so here is the beginning stage.

Nothing is even remotely close to being finished yet. I started by painting her eyes, then her nose, and then her tongue. Just so it didn't look like her tongue was hanging in midair, I added the rest of her mouth. I then continued on with other areas of her fur. She is an interesting color, difficult to describe and even harder to mix, but I think I'm doing okay on the color so far. Still have a lot of layers and colors to add. I'm having a lot of fun painting her though. I added a close-up of her nose for those of you who, like me, like close-ups.

Thank you Gwen for this opportunity to paint such a lovely dog!

Medium: Prismacolor colored pencils
Support: Ampersand White Pastelbord
Additional tools: Bristle and stencil brushes, drafting brush, and a kneaded eraser.
Size: 8" x 10"
Reference credit: My own from a photo shoot with Izzy

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Black Lab Scratchbord

Here is my latest scratchbord piece. It's a beautiful black lab on regular scratchbord (black). It's not done yet. Still need to do some touch-ups and then add color to him. My first scratchbord of a black animal though.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Look Into My Eyes - Completed

I thought I had posted the finished piece. So sorry. Here he is - Jagar in high contrast black and white. You can see the progression of this piece in the post below.

5" x 7" on Ampersand Scratchbord. #11 Exacto knife and black repair ink were my tools used.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Look Into My Eyes

This is my latest scratchbord. It's a 5"x7" on Ampersand Scratchbord. I am using a #11 Exacto knife and a kneaded eraser (for removing the white transfer lines).

I have included a few photos from start to where I currently am in the process.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

The eyes are probably going to be the last thing I do. Right now I am working on the complex fur pattern on the cat's nose. Since I work in great detail, I need the fur pattern to be correct or the whole picture will just look ..... wrong. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Into The Light

This is my most recent piece. It's scratchbord multi-media. I decided to try to add color to his eyes and used Prismacolor colored pencils to do it. I am really enjoying working with Ampersand Scratchbord!


Into The Light

Support: Ampersand Scratchbord 
Size: 5"x7" 
Tools: #11 Exacto knife, Ampersand black repair ink, Prismacolor colored pencils (for the eyes) 
Reference Credit: My own photo of my best model, Tooki!