"Behind Closed Paws"
27x20 cm, Graphite on Paper
In all honesty, I had a little help with this drawing... professional help: the concept and initial references are not my own.
The photographer behind "Behind Closed Paws" is none other than Erin Vey. (Here is how it came about.)
Erin Vey's photograph of Vinnie not only turned my head and but triggered my imagination.
Erin's photography is stunning.
If you are not familiar with her work, like dogs, enjoy great photography then there is only one thing for it : you have got to visit her website.
"Behind closed Paws" is one of three entries featuring in the sixth CAG online show The Company Dog's Keep. There Vinnie the pup is in brilliant and versatile company and isthoroughly enjoying being cuter than cute.(Maybe he'll get a few of the public's votes)
Unfortunately, I can't share much about the creation of this piece: I have no work in progress set up ...real life and a tired scanner made sure of that... Technical data: Strathmore Smooth 2 ply, Derwent graphite pencils 5B, 2B & Staedler clutch with F. Touch of General's charcoal for the very dark areas.
One thing I can share with confidence and openly is the affirmation that the grin never left my face...