I went over this a little more last night, and now it feels pretty much done. I signed it, and that’s usually my artist’s brain’s way of saying “stop, that’s enough, now”. You’ll see I’ve added a hint of color to Oliver. I debated whether or not to add color, but I was in a gutsy sort of mood last night, and I just went for it. I used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (the color set, with a brush tip) for the color of the eyes and the nose.
What a scare I had! I added the colors, feeling carefree and impulsive, and just like that, I had this wild, crazy moment of panic. I surely had wrecked this piece! When I added the green for the eyes, suddenly, they were very, very dark, and this portrait, as a whole, seemed to fall flat just like that. I’ve heard a great artist friend of mine say many times that a portrait, essentially, is all about the eyes. If the eyes aren’t right, nothing can really save the portrait. …So you can imagine the wild scramble of my thoughts when I thought I had ruined Oliver’s clear, stark eyes. I took a deep breath, picked up my X-Acto knife again, and started to pluck away at the eyes again. Little by little, they lightened, gentled, and became better. I kept working at this until I felt happy with it again. Whew, what a relief!
So here is what I believe to be the finished portrait of my Oliver. It was a lot of fun. I learned a lot, and it made for a nice change of scenery in my art world. Up next, I think I’ll be drawing a dachshund in ink.
-8×10 inches in size
-X-Acto Knife and Scratch-Art Knife, with the addition of Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (brush size) in the colors of May Green and Crome Green Opaque for the eyes, and the colors of Terracotta and Indian Red for the nose.
Thank you for looking, for the comments, and for following along on this art journey. I hope you’ll join me for the next one. 🙂