On the Drawing Board – Hobbes

HOBBES

Hobbes 3-001

This beautiful cat lives in Kuwait. I am thinking maybe he is called Hobbes because of the Hobnob biscuit but I could be wrong.

Am really looking forward to this one because I love the composition; the photo is very clear, the head at a good angle plus he simply looks so cute but intense all at the same time. Will include the ring in the portrait as it is such an important part of the overall look.

Starting to find all the basic areas of light and shade, am liking the way the dark of the ring gives definition to the head.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAContinuing downwards. Hobbes is A3 size, so allows me lots of space to get the detail in.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow and again you come across a portrait where the composition works so perfectly, this is one of those. I knew from the beginning that it would work well – just hope the clients feel the same.

Have now completed all the basics. The clients don’t actually need this one ready for Christmas, so am dragging myself away from it so that I can complete any portraits that are Christmas presents first. Will look forward to putting in the detail later.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChristmas portrait presents complete, back with Mr Hobbes.

Am now refining the detail, have started at the top left ear and am working downwards. The differences are difficult to capture with a camera because they are so small, maybe only noticable if you look very closely. Am going to leave the eyes to last.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Final Portrait

Below is a scanned image of Hobbes – intense but sweet!

Hobbs final

On The Drawing Board – Podge & Splodge

Cat 1 (Podge)Cat 2These two very cute cats belong to a client in Kuwait, they are going to be drawn in two separate portraits as it was difficult getting them to pose together, plus the photograph of Podge (on the far left) came out so well. His friend is called Splodge and the client is going to continue to take photographs of him whilst I work on Podge They look such a perfect pair, with their dark sides over opposite ears.

 Starting to put the basics in place, establishing the light and dark areas.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All the basics now in place, lots of tiny hairs! Will move onto the detail stage, really liking this composition.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Finally stages coming up, need to work a bit more on the face and then onto the easel for final analyses.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Podge is finished, below is the final scanned image.

Podge

On The Drawing Board – The Dreamer

This dreamy looking guy is the second camel commission for the same client; she would like a collection of camels to remind her of the stay in Kuwait. This guy should hopefully compliment her other one, the previous one the face was straight on, this guy with the side view also has more curls and mane. I am sure there must be all types of different breeds of camels, something I need to Google and find out more about.

DSBarry 03comm

Here are the stages, first adding the basic details and then moving onto the finer points.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Dreamer

On The Drawing Board – Elvis

option 12

Look at this cutie! Can’t help but smile when I look at this face. Nicknamed him “Elvis” because of his lip curl – hope he isn’t a she…..

A trip to Wafra at the weekend resulted in this camel photograph; one of over 50 I took in my attempt to get the perfect shot. I am always unsure how to act around camels, I know nothing about them and can’t read their body language at all (give me a horse any day). They also tower above me which is a bit imposing however I have to say, the ones I met at the weekend were all on their best behaviour. At one point a camel walked right up to me and lowered his head to have a closer look, he looked so sweet I scratched his nose which he seemed to enjoy; I did shove my daughter behind me though just in case I had read the situation wrongly! Their companion (not sure what you call the man who walks with them with his stick) did say something to me in Arabic, which unfortunately I couldn’t understand, I just hoped it wasn’t a warning that the camel wasn’t friendly!

This commission is for a lady in Kuwait, I emailed her a few of my better shots and she choose this very unusual and cute one. I am looking forward to the challenge as I have drawn a lot of camels lately (really popular with expats as keepsakes) but never one with quite such attitude and an usual lip curl.

Below is the initial sketch, starting to add the light and shade, all those little hairs take ages! No in depth detail yet, just working out where everything goes and building the framework.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Worked on finding the light and shade of that comical nose curl, now moving across towards the eye. Still just working on getting the structure in place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All the basics now in place, have started working on the detailed layer left to right; at the moment he is looking like a two toned camel, will catch the right-side up soon!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have added more detail on the neck area, now moving up to the right eye along the cheek.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Big jump here because I got inspired and worked non-stop! My favourite stage is when I begin to add the final detail, it suddenly starts to all come together. Here is the final scanned image.

Elvis

On The Drawing Board – Mushkila

This is a portrait for a lady who lives in Kuwait, as an anniversary present for her husband. Really like this photograph, she has managed to capture her with such a cute but alert look, love the way her ears fold over.IMG_1093

Below is the initial sketch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

At the moment working on finding the contours of the face using the light and shade, no great detail yet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Continuing to work on the contours, as Mushkila is a white dog, it is finding the fine balance between adding the shading to give depth and “saving” the white of the paper. Discovered that under Mushkila’s nose is a little black patch, if you don’t look closely it looks like her nose is going right down towards her top lip but on closer observation you can see the part underneath is a black patch. At the moment have added this in roughly, will work out how to define this a bit later when all the contours are complete.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All the basic contours now done. Have left the tag until later, we are changing to a different tag and I need to work out the angle it would be lying.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHave been working on the fine detail, small but important changes which are actually hard to capture with the camera. Need to now work on her nose now and sort out the disk on the collar.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlmost finished. Will put her on the easel over the weekend and check for anymore changes/improvements. Always like to “live” with a portrait for a bit before it is declared finished, just in case I suddenly see something that I have missed, nice to step away and come back with fresh eyes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Made some minor changes but she is now finished and signed. Here is the scanned image.

Mushkila

On The Drawing Board – Channing

_DSC9636cr 2re

Beautiful dog and a great photo!

This portrait is a commission for the clients mum as a Christmas present, yes Christmas is looming quite soon! The photo is so good because the client is a photographer, heaven for me. The only changes I will do from the actual photograph is to clean up her tongue and tidy up a few hairs on her chest, otherwise everything is perfect. I love the way the light catches her eyes. This will be drawn on A3 paper.

Below is the first stage, just establishing the light and shade at this point.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now have completed all the basic work, moving onto the first stage of detail.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have started the detail working from the left ear down, haven’t completed it all yet, still have the right side to go. No short cuts to be had with all that wonderful fur, very time consuming but like the look of the thick luscious coat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have now worked on most areas of the coat, next step is to concentrate on the eyes and nose area; centre panel of the face.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Almost finished, just want to “live” with it a few days on the easel to make sure I haven’t missed anything.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 Final portrait – scanned image

channing

On the Drawing Board – Czar

406849_10151335516746955_782553222_nThis has to be one of my more unusual commissions – half a cat! The owner loves Czar’s expression and is a photographer, so likes this very artistic crop.

I have now drawn the initial sketch and lightly penciled in the scrolling bar in the background, I think it balances the portrait rather than having a blank piece of paper on the right. Not sure yet until I get going, might need to change the position of the bar so that it isn’t touching the ear at that angle, time will tell.

Here is the initial sketch.No detail yet, just adding the basic colouring to make a map to lights, darks and stripes.  Am starting to think it will make an interesting composition with a few background elements.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have now started the first stage of the detail, have worked from the top of the head across to the ear and down to the eye. Love his markings, makes the eye stand out well. Have now completed one layer of detail. Now have to decide whether to complete the other layer of detail, or work out the placement of the metal scroll. Will have a look in the morning and see which route to go.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have added the metal scroll, moved the position slightly. Got quite carried away researching metal bars, almost was tempted to add another scroll but remembered it was supposed to be about the cat and not the scroll! Have also added another layer of detail to the fur (very difficult for me to capture in a photograph), next step will be to work on the eye and refine the fur.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Finished Portrait – scanned image

My most unusual commission to date complete. Interesting to do a portrait from a completely different perspective. Czar looks like a cat with lots of attitude.

Czar

On The Drawing Board – Cinnamon

photo

Meet Cinnamon, cuteness overload! It is one of those photographs that land in the inbox and you just have to say Ahh…

Cinnamon is a commissioned portrait for a lady in Kuwait. The photograph as you can see is just great, really captured her character and those so soulful eyes, I will just need to add the tip of the ear and a bit of paw. I am including the seat at the side because it explains why the left foot is at the angle it is, otherwise it might look a bit strange.

Am looking forward to trying to capture that expression!

Here is the initial sketch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stage 1

At this stage am just getting all the basics in place, almost like a map to work from.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stage 2

All the basic are now established. Now the debate whether to start to add fine detail on the dog, or get the basics of the seat in place. I always enjoy the detail part but think I really should at least get the basics on the seat to check how the complete composition works.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stage 3

Have now added the basic structure of the seat and the rug Cinnamon is sitting on. Am leaving  it quite “loose” as want Cinnamon to be where the eye goes towards.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stage 4

Have started adding fine detail from the left ear down to the nose area, haven’t done the eyes yet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stage 5

The whole drawing has now had another layer of detail added, apart from the left foot which I need to research a bit more to see how long it would be. Now I work with the drawing on the easel, looking from a distance and analysing it. Her eyes are so expressive, makes you want to pick her up and cuddle her!!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stage 6

Almost finished, just need one more session to check I haven’t missed anything. Actually just realised, need to put her whiskas on!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Final Portrait (scanned image)

Cinnamon Final