Friday, September 08, 2006

Animal portrait

I am overdue adding more animals to my portfolio so I've made a start on a dog portrait. This will be a golden retriever and as always I start with the eyes and nose as they tend to be the focal points of a portrait. While the rest is very important and pulls the image together, the eyes still draw the viewer in.

This is just the start and the eyes and nose still need a fair bit of work, but the 'bones' are there. This drawing is 9 x 12 on Bristol Vellum using Prismacolor pencils. I love seeing the image appear out of the white paper, its always magical.

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"JeanneG" said...

Beautiful start. We lost our 14 yr old golden retriever "Kc" three years ago. It was a very hard loss. I think her loss was worse than any of the other of our animals. She and my husband had a very special bond. There is nothing like a golden. They are special and everyone who has ever had one will agree.

I can't wait to see the finished piece. Where did you get the ref?


Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks Jeanne. The reference was from the WC library I believe. I've had it for ages but am just getting around it doing it now. And yes goldens are lovely dogs in temperament and looks too.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful start...I can't wait to see the progress of this one. Our golden retriever "Scarlet" is red...she's 12 years-old and has a lot of gray on her face and she is as sweet as can be...she even puts up with our yorkie!