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Draft Horse WIP 3

I had a rather relaxing afternoon to myself today, and spent a good deal of time working on my draft horse scratchboard.  This is very slow going.  When I started out on this drawing, I knew it would require a lot of detail, but all those straps, buckles, and bits have taken a lot of time.  But it’s coming along.  I’m still using just an X-Acto knife and am more or less stippling with it to get the fine, soft textures of the horse’s hide.  I’ve also used a little hatching for the halter.  The horse looks a little eerie with that black hollow where his eye should be…I expect the next update will include the eye.

Draft Horse WIP 3 - CR

Thanks for looking, and have a Happy Easter!

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Draft Horse WIP 2

Maybe I’ve said this before, but horses have always been my first love as a subject for art.  The beauty, strength, and loyalty of them is just incredible.  To draw them and try to capture these traits is a wonderful challenge and a joy every time I draw a horse.

I’m making slow progress on this showy draft horse.  The bit, bridle, and halter are slowly beginning to show, and there is more form to the mouth and muzzle, as well.  My stipple technique seems to have followed me into the scratchboard realm, as that seems to be my overall approach to this drawing.  I just enjoy the motion, as well as the appearance of it.

I’m making steady progress on a pen and ink drawing, as well.  I’m debating whether to post that as a WIP, or just reveal the finished piece later.  Can’t decide. 🙂

Draft Horse WIP 2 - CR

Thank you for looking!  Happy March! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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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

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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 4

Shelby is now starting to look more like a dog as her snout comes into focus,  I’ve drawn her mouth and have a start on the tongue.  I have never drawn a panting dog in pen and ink, so this has been a good challenge.  I’ve also had to practice my negative drawing skills by drawing around the white whiskers that hang down over her mouth.  She’s taking shape. 🙂

Shelby WIP 9 - CR

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 21, 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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Oliver Scratchboard (Finished)

As the time flies by and Christmas gets closer, I have been brazenly spending some of my drawing time on this rather than the annual Christmas card.  However, that project is moving along too.  No peeking!  I’ll share it on Christmas Eve. 😉

In the meantime, I think my portrait of Oliver is finished.  I enjoyed trying to capture his likeness very much.  He’s been my friend for almost eleven years, and every day is a little brighter because he’s here with me.  Maybe I’m becoming a crazy cat lady, but I firmly believe that not all friends have to be human.

Oliver

– 5×7 inch Ampersand Scratchboard

– Tools used are a #11 X-Acto Knife, and a blunter scratchboard tool for the thick whiskers.  I also used a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen for some corrections.

Click any of the images if you’d like to see them larger.

Oliver WIP Finished CR

A few close-ups.

Oliver WIP Finished Crop CR 2

Oliver WIP Finished Crop CR

Oliver WIP Finished Crop CR 1

I hope you like this.  Thank you for following along!  I hope you’ll join me in my next work-in-progress. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Oliver WIP 6

Here’s a bit more progress on Ollie.  Slow and steady, one scratch at a time, that’s the key.  I’m making my way down the neck, into all those luxurious layers of kitty fur. Even as I write this, my Oliver is “petting” my leg, jealous of the time I’m spending on the computer and not fawning over him.  Therefore, I will keep this brief and turn my attention back to him.  You’ve got to love pets. 🙂

Oliver WIP 7CR

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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