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Friday, 22 June 2012

Milo & Howard. Latest pet commissioned drawing

So here you have it!
My latest commissioned portrait.

Not just one but two, deux, zwei, dos, tvÄ... I was asked to portray a double bundle of cuteness!

Milo and Howard, two adorable Welsh Corgi's, now have their own special mark in time.

Everything, from their low-set yet sturdy built, big eyes, alert ears, fluffy "cheeks", bold and friendly aura, made my pencils day.
As a result: an energetic and accurate pencil drawing smothered in detail.

Simply said: I'm smitten!

Milo & Howard
Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

Friday, 15 June 2012

"Up & Running" new racing drawing

Observe and

This is how the complex high-tech well oiled absolutely stunning machines that are race horses look in full and I mean full action.

They are breathtakingly beautiful.

"Up & Running"
pencil on paper.
50x46 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

The reference photograph for my new piece has been generously provided by friend, TB specialist and talented artist Linda Shantz
Capturing this moment is down to her. Million thank yous Linda!

Freeze frame a moment like this, at this angle, and you highlight just how much power, height and thrust is collected before sending the legs extended to pound the ground on their next stride.

Drawing this has been a unforgettable journey of re-discovery and learning.
Part of the journey involved:

  • refreshing my knowledge and recollection of personal high speed gallops on various horses over various terrains and how they felt.
  • discovering that a horse moves around 1800 litres (2 buckets of air per second) in and out of its lungs during one race and in doing so inhales 380 litres of oxygen of which a quarter (95 litres) is taken up into and used in the blood. (Source education-and-research/respiratory-system/ )
  •  Analysing photographic information and sitting happily mesmerized viewing several slow-mo video footages. 

First Film ever of Race horse in action filmed in 1878 by Eadward Muybridge

What a fascinating world to have been plunged into.
The raw natural beauty of these equines is poetry in motion to say the very least....

Monday, 4 June 2012

7 steps to crating artwork for shipping

Every artist will be confronted at one point in time with having to ship work... safely.

Here are 7 steps to creating the crates that ship my framed work (when not hand delivered).

It is crucial that I point out that, due to my lack of DIY skills and hubby's abundance of them,  I become nothing more than an incredibly grateful bystander and  an "on-call extra hands".

Pictured above some of the tools needed: measuring tape, razor blade, screws and Makita drill.
Also needed:
plywood sheets (cut to measure)
Foam sheets 30mm &/or 50mm thick (aprox. 6)
Wood strips for corners (1 to 2 m long)

Step one:

Once drawing or works are securely framed with passe partout, finished frame and temporary plexiglass, measure overall size adding  the thickness of the form sheets you choose (30 or  50 mm) onto each side for padding plus the thickness of the plywood.

Step two:

Have sheets of plywood cut to correct size at local DIY store where you can also find sheets of foam for padding. 

Step three:

Make box by screwing all sides together using screws at small even intervals.

Step 4:

Stabilise corners and making sure all sides and corners are flush.

Step 5:

This is when the inner shell is created.

Insert foam strips

cut with razor blade to 

fit snuggly

Step 6:

Once the box is finished add art work (I always leaven that extra layer of bubble wrap around the frame  although it's not really necessary. (Mother hen instinct I guess!)

Add hanging instructions (optional)

Step 7:

Double check everything is in, cover with last foam sheet and firmly screw in place.

Write your name/company and opening instructions. (Can't help thinking there's nothing worse than an orphan shipping crate with no "up or down"!)

Et voila ready for off!!!