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Friday, 14 August 2009

Finished equine pencil portrait.

Bet you were all thinking I was still gallivanting around la France hunting down pics of shutters.
No, been a busy bee.
Spent a great few hours with friendly grey Marble Arch.
Actually we had such a ball I've signed the portrait. Yeah!



"Marble Arch"
Pencil on Paper, 20x30 cm
Copyright:Sheona Hamilton-Grant
Sold



His roman nose was a tad difficult: "over do it" and he looked deformed, "under enhanced" and he looked too much like a dainty thoroughbred. Needless to say a "few" minutes were spent tweaking here and there, there and here, here and there ...




Slowly working down to the nose and nostrils. Strangely enough I am still working with a Derwent 2B. I thought I might moved on to a B or F but there seemed no need to.




This stage shows progress being made on the lower part of the face and the mouth.
To render the skin around this area I used a Derwent 3B for the added darkness which I then worked over with a dry Derwent 2H. Like the effect.



One of the big challenges with pencil is not the rendering but the scanning!
Here a zoom in on the nose, roman "bump" and all the finer details which are quite difficult to make out in the full image scan.


The week-end is just around the corner.
Bringing out worn grotty jeans: painting and re-decorating kiddie bedrooms planned at this end.
Wishing you all a great one wherever you are and whatever your plans.
Cheerio for now!

6 comments:

April Jarocka said...

Really beautiful Sheona. No surprise it's sold. All the best!

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Thank you April, actually quite like roman noses on horses it makes them wee bit special.

catherin said...

Sheonna this is a beautiful drawing, you have such a gift.

Catherin

ruthie said...

beautiful, you make it look so easy!" i am struggling with a"gypsy" horse, orstuck should i say. Feeling inspired though after a visit here, thanks

Wendy Mould said...

Sheonna, thanks for the close up scan of the mouth and nose. It is wonderful to see the detail. Great picture.
Wendy

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Catherin, thank you.
Ruthie, great to be able to help albeit indirectly. In moments of "struggle" I like to turn up the volume on the hi-fi and sing madly. Seems to do the trick:)
Wendy: you are very welcome. It's always so frustrating to have half the detail left out. Scanning-in helps a little.