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Draft Horse Finished

At long last, after working on this for the last six months, I am finally calling this piece complete.  It was worth the time…I had a lot of fun with this drawing, and I’ve learned a lot, too.  The variety of textures in the reference made this very challenging, but as I’ve said before on this blog, I do love a challenge. 🙂

Draft Horse

– 8×8 inch Ampersand scratchboard.

– Tools used: Mostly an X-Acto Knife with a #11 blade, and also two sizes of fiberglass brush, and Faber-Castell Pitt pens.  I used the black pen for correcting mistakes, and various gray shades to add depth and dimension.  The leather and fabric textures were done by “whitening” out the shape with a fiberglass brush and X-Acto Knife, and then going over them with pale gray pens to obscure the individual marks and give the surface a soft, even texture.  In the leather parts, I went in stages.  White out, soften with pen, white out, soften with pen, and finally ended with bright, worn spots where they were needed.

Draft Horse Finished CR

Some close ups for those interested in seeing the details. 🙂

Draft Horse 12 - Finished - Crop 3 CR

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Draft Horse 12 - Finished - crop CR

Thank you to everyone who followed along and commented along the way.  The company makes me happy.  I hope you’ll join me for the next work in progress!

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Shelby the Blue Heeler Commission – Finished

After filling in the last few details, thickening up her fur, finishing her collar and tags, and, of course, signing it, this drawing is now complete.

Shelby is a beautiful dog, and it was a pleasure to draw her.  With all of that thick, plush fur, the deep blacks of her face and spots, and the whiskers…this one kept me alert and focused.  It was a great dog to draw!

Shelby

– Measures 8×10 inches, drawn on Strathmore 500 series Bristol Plate paper.

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens, ranging in size from 005 (primarily), 01, and a touch of 03.  Despite the darks needed for this drawing, I stuck with a very fine-tip pen as much as I could, so it wouldn’t look blocky or rushed.

Shelby WIP FINISHED - CR

A couple of close-ups.

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And finally, here is a short video of the progress from start to finish.

https://thecozyred.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/shelby.wmv

Thank you for following along, for the likes, and for the comments.  The support is much appreciated! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink, Videos

 

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Shelby the Blue Heeler Commission WIP 7

I’ve done quite a bit with this since I last posted. The fur around the neck and chest is thick and dense, and it’s been interesting trying to get the textures and values to work. She has muscular shoulders, so there is a lot of width to them. The collar is more in place, and the metal parts I’m saving for last, because they will be fun to do.  I’ve gone a little darker again with the mask on her face, and have added some more textures to her face as well. Not far from done now. 🙂

Shelby WIP 14 - CR

Thank you for looking.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Shelby the Blue Heeler Commission WIP 6

Hello readers,

I’ve done a fair amount of work on Shelby since my last post.  The areas that I’ve been working on seem a little less exciting than those facial features, so I thought I’d wait until there was more progress to share.  Since my last update, I’ve gone over the entire drawing and really made those darks pop, as this is the darkest coloring I’ve done on a dog.  I’ve thickened up the fur along the left side of her head, and am now working my way down her neck and shoulder.  All of these random chunks of fur feel very abstract…as I draw, I tend to feel like what I’m drawing looks nothing like fur, but in the end, it kind of pans out.  I got a start on her collar today, as well.  It’s coming along, and I’m enjoying this drawing very much.

Shelby WIP 12 CR Shelby WIP 13 CR

Thank you for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Shelby the Blue Heeler Commission WIP 5

Shelby now has a nose.  I’d been avoiding the nose until more of the face was in place.  I keep a ruler at hand and have been frequently checking the angles to be sure the nose did not get drawn crooked.  I can breathe a little easier now that the nose is set in place.  She needed the nose…I am feeling happy with this drawing at this point.

Shelby WIP 10 - CR

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Shelby the Blue Heeler Commission WIP 3

I guess I am a little late to be wishing you all a Happy New Year!  I’ve had a very busy Christmas/New Year season, and have not had much time for art, so my blog has been quiet.

But I’m back now with an update on Shelby.  I took a bit of a break from this drawing over Christmas, but now, I am back on track and working at it again.  Just yesterday, I finally drew the second eye, and now that Shelby has both ears and both eyes, I do feel that she looks more balanced.  Her black “mask” marking is a bit slower to draw because it’s so black, and takes a lot of dots to get dark enough.  I don’t mind that a bit, though.  I’ve also began working some contrast into the whites on her face, which are a bit freckled and smoke-colored in the photos I have of her.  Today, I’ve started on her mouth, but I haven’t gotten far enough to warrant another updated image.  So stay tuned.  More updates are on the way!

Shelby WIP 7 - Copy CR Shelby WIP 8 - Copy CR

Thank you for looking.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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