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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Jack Sparrow is a horse

A classic head portrait.
Sound boring?
Yep, but not if you push the contrast, the size and sprinkle it all over with relevant details.
This guy is gorgeous and was dressed up to the nines for our photoshoot.
You can really tell: he looks a million dollars.

"Jack Sparrow"
Pencil on Paper
36x40 cm

Thursday, 7 January 2016

2016 thundering in

2016 is going to be another fast mover, I can feel it. 

Strapped in for the ride and grinning in anticipation.
Wishing you all the "bestest" of rides and looking forward to seeing you along the way :D

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Pinned to the edge ...

of my comfort zone.
I went big and warped the rules of composition as much as possible.
I craved for a new angle. 
An angle that would emphasise all the strength and power of this amazing horse but also an angle that would defy compositional rules and regulations.
Pinned to the edge was one of my hardest challenges yet. 

The knowledge of my subject (we've met over seven times on the drawing board) and the energy he ignites in me kept me smiling and my pencils fervantly scribbling.
The rest was hard, very hard.
The proportions were hard, the dynamics were hard,  cracking rules to create drama was hard.
Operating for weeks out of a zone of familiarity, uncomfortably hard.
Stepping back, pencils paused, and calling it done: hard. 
Letting it out of the safety of the studio into the world to face reactions: super hard!

One thing though that is in no way hard:  endorsing the claim ... pencils rock!

Pinned to the Edge
Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant © All rights reserved

Monday, 30 November 2015

Wilma the French Bulldog

After a very enjoyable encounter and "get to know you" drawing sessions, Wilma is off the drawing board and leaving the studio.

Drawing those big honest eyes, getting right into the thick of her facial structures has been an amazing experience. My scribble friends had their work cut out deciphering which way to turn, where to emphasise, what to highlight and what to adjust. 
However, I have it on good authority that the challenge was well received by all and they are now lined-up at the board impatiently waiting to get dug into the next one...
graphite on paper
p.s: If you would like a more in-depth view into the process, three progress timelapse videos can be viewed on my Youtube channel  :)

Thursday, 10 September 2015

"What's Up" new study off the board

After 8 weeks of giving them all the cold shoulder, I warmed up my scribble friends and got tucked into a new compositionally unusual dog portrait.

The reason threefold:

  1. I hadn't drawn a dog for ages
  2. wanted a break from the traditional head portrait
  3. Couldn't resist those wee eyes.

The result threefold:

  1. pencil shavings on the floor once again
  2. back in the groove
  3. new drawing on the board

What's Up
21 x 29 cm
Pencil on Paper

Up next a horse, a beautiful bay stallion.
Back soon ....