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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Calle's second drawing portrait finished

Untitled
Pencil on Paper. 34x46 cm
SOLD
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Managed to finish this piece last week before the confetti and funny masks took over!
Calle's portrait is now at the framers.
Can't wait to see him behind glass all "poshed" up.

The tails' swing and movement added the finishing touch I was looking for. The thickness of the hair pushing the movement forward towards the viewer. The size of the piece also adds to the over all feel of power.
Overall a nice result which I hope will make my patron smile.

p.s: please excuse the missing right boot tip...technical problems swallowed it...whole!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Colourful Carnaval over.

One more mad week to add to my collection: 4 countries in 7 days.
It's a personal record.
A great time was had by all, sweets were eaten, confetti scattered and endless giggles produced.
Needless to say that it is with a spinning head that I make my way back to the drawing board.


Because, for the week, my pencils were replaced by my camera (it really enjoyed capturing all the colours and dodging the streamers!) I thought I'd share a couple of shots.

Tickled Pink
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Flower Power
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Masquerade
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However, before saying a hearty cheerio let me send out a big warm wave to all my new followers great to see you here on Black on Grey on White.
More soon.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Taxi. New drawing of canine pup.

Taxi
Graphite on Paper. 28x21 cm
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Taxi is little and full of fun and bounce. She settles down once and a while and when she does these are the wee eyes that peek up at you full of innocence and sincerity.

This portrait was done in December and a delivered over mince pies and Xmas cheer.

Will be taking the next few days off to spend Carnaval with my familly. The idea of being amoungst mad crazy costumes is strangely very alluring. So it's one great big Helau from me (German festive cry at this time of year).

Back soon with streamers and confetti in my hair !!!!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Dressage drawing: new progress made


I've tacked him up.
Both the bridles and saddle have been added (still need refining).
The tail is still to be added. This is where I hope to emphasize his power and create extra movement.
I like the paper, not in love with it but we are good buddies.
The tooth allows for much faster results as not as many layers are needed to create darks. I'm not convinced I will achieve the detail I do with Mellotex. Only time will tell.
Back up to draw a swishing tail!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Dressage drawing in progress


Here is Calle frozen in time.
The reference was taken last summer during his daily work out.

For this portrait I am using a Strathmore Bristol smooth and a lot of 6B pencil.
I don't have a lot of experience with this paper. It is much toothier than I am used to.
So far so good.... let's hope we continue working in harmony;)

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Finnegan, new canine drawing

Finn
Pencil on Paper, 18x14 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.
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This is Finnegan.
Finn is an Australian Cattle Dog mix.
Finni (as he is affectionately referred to) lives in Michigan with Kimberly Santini and her family.
I met Finn (cyberly) a few years ago and knew so little about him.
Finni is one heck of a character.

His Mum's words draw a great picture:
"He's a dear guy with a strong affinity for frisbee, snowflake and raindrop herding, and good neck rubs. Evan learned to read with him - they still snuggle together every night reading comic books or listening to music (Finni likes Green Day and Lady Gaga).
He takes squirrel patrol duties very seriously and also excels at yard work (picking up sticks and other debris alongside the kids). He sings along with "Happy Birthday" and the Michigan State Fight Song . He's a great snuggler with the boys, moving from bed to bed during the night (he'd probably sleep with Annie, too, if he could figure out how to get up the ladder into her loft!).

He's also learned to pick up the boys' stinky laundry and put it in the hamper - however, we began discouraging that when we found him sneaking socks out and stashing them for a later retrieval (and treat).
He's just a genuinely willing guy, eager to do whatever you ask at a moment's notice. A quick learner with boundless amounts of energy.
Our household would be very dull without that crazy scrabble of nails on the floor, followed by that goofy face asking to be brought along for a ride..."

Finni's portrait is on it's way to his home ... I wonder what he'll make of it?

Monday, 1 February 2010

Laureus signed, new equine drawing


"Laureus"
Pencil on Paper, 27x36 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved
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What great company he was, alert, attentive, kind and oh so handsome.
Here's the finished result of another good week's work.
I wanted a three D effect.
In order to achieve this I pushed the contrast in the neck and accentuated the detail on the nose . I also used a large format so when the portrait is seen "live", Laureus really comes into the room.

There will be a little canine study next. Running off up to the studio to finish him.
Have a great Monday.