After a good-night's sleep, I carried on by tackling the connection between girls and dog (see close-up of stage 4). This meant I had to ignore her hand.(- always a good idea to back-off until the frustration dies down).
A quick recap on the material used:
- Mellotex paper
- Derwent graphite pencil 2B, 3B and 8B
- Staedler clutch pencil F and 2H
- Chamois leather
- Blu-Tack (kneadable eraser)
The great thing with this piece is that it seemed to take shape from the very start and flowed easily all the way through.
For stage 4 I used my clutch pencil filled with F to render the girls features and skin. Light strokes are then blended with a chamois leather, this is repeated until the right effect is achieved. Her eye was drawn with my 2B Derwent. No blending
Here the tongue and the connection between the dog and the girl has to be established.
Her hair was drawn with a 3B. No blending just layering.
Stage 5: progress is made in the jacket. This is done with a flat tipped 8B Derwent pencil. Important to follow the shape and flow of the creases.
Stage 6 and 7 are where I established the shape of the head and the movement of the hair. For these stages I used only my 3B. I got a little carried away with the jacket and the result is that I'm having to be very careful not to smudge it. Normally, I would have left the bottom part until I had the hair finished.
Here is the finished result.
I like her hand after all, it shows youth, kindness and strength.
After finishing with the hair in stage 7, I went back and strengthened the contact shadows (where the hand touches the dog's head) as well as smoothed her skin, and... it worked!
The last missing piece was made to fit and I could sign the portrait, spray it and enter it.
Graphite on paper, 19x30 cm
380 Euros (20% donated)
I like to think that through my work I'll be able to help give "man's best friend" a warm safe bed.