Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Line drawing

Without art, the crudeness of reality
would make the world unbearable.
George Bernard Shaw

This is the original line drawing for a new image that I'm starting of my old dog in his favourite habitat - the woods. There is more detail added in the transferred drawing, with a remarque on the bottom of the drawing. You'll have to wait impatiently to see that section...

The path leads into the woods and is a rough road going from the bottom of my driveway off for miles leading to trees, ponds, trees, meadows and more trees. Its full of rabbits and squirrels and moose along with other creatures that I don't even want to think of like coyotes and bears.

I want to create a detailed, realistic drawing of the dog within a background. I have been lazy about using backgrounds and they do add a lot to a drawing or painting. I like the simplicity of working on a single item so have steered clear of landscapes. By breaking the background down into smaller sections, it becomes more manageable. I'm impatient to get to the drawing of the dog, but like leaving the cherry til last, I will make myself finish the background first before I start on him.

7 comments:

"JeanneG" said...

I really like your line sketch. I too am lax about doing backgrounds. Not even plain ones. I am trying to change that even if I only do some crosshatching. No more white of the paper. How large will you do the paintine? (I guess you will be painting it?)

You should do the one of him laying on the couch also. I really like that one. Reminds me of my Golden Retriever we had to put down at 14 yrs. She loved the comfort of furniture. She wasn't allowed on the couch but we'd come home and there would be a warm spot. Later in her life, she would forget and get up on the furniture while we were home. But get down really quick if we walked in. Pets are so funny and yet so loveable.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jeanne. No, this won't be a painting, it will be done in pencil. I still have the master if I want to do a painting later from it. Oh yes, Biscuit was a real couch potato, I think he was part of the furniture. :)

Terry Banderas said...

Nice sketch. It's nice to see you are getting back into the swing of things after your trip. I sense you enjoyed the beaches of California and could live there and sketch your life away. I'm perseptive, huh?

Jeanette said...

Thanks. Terry, anywhere that is above freezing in February is heaven to me. :)

Dave said...

This looks as though it is going to be a wonderful drawing. Can't wait to see it develop.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Dave. I hope the background doesn't cause too much grief for me.

Robin Neudorfer said...

I look forward to see this develop. What a wonderful way to stay close to a good friend. Your line work is extremely precise and this will be lovely I have no doubt.