Hello everyone and a very happy Wednesday to you. I am all in a muddle as the working week has changed. My weekends are now Sunday to Tuesday and my working week begins today! We had a fabulous weekend laying flagstone, baking pizza in our cob oven, foraging for mushrooms (boletes/porcini and morels) in the mountains and l whipped up a double batch of candy cap ice cream only this time l made pecan brittle to put through it. Well, with temperatures now regularly well into the eighties it is definitely ice cream weather! Not that you should ever need an excuse for candy cap ice cream!
And l am of course far too excited about my latest project! Ralph the Cocker Spaniel. To say that l fell in love with Ralph after one look is an understatement. This little boy oozes character from every pore. His eyes just tug at your heart strings and his face makes me laugh, smile and go, 'Awwwww,' all at the same time. He has the most crazy piece of hair that does its own thing and that expression on his face..... I love this little dog. Or actually quite a big dog! I just can't wait to get back to my art room and try to capture that personality on paper. And for me Ralph is a challenge, because l feel so much personality coming through and l would feel l had let myself down if l didn't catch it. (If you want to see why l fell in love with him, check out his Instagram page ralphthecockerspaniel. If you don't go gooey eyed you are a very hard person indeed!).
So l spent a whole day on the eyes you see below, and they are not finished and l am not happy with them at this point, but l believe that they will get there. I think l start to see Ralph looking back at me. That matters to me. It matters that the face that looks back from the page is Ralph, not any old Cocker Spaniel.
You will see in the picture below that l have added a bit of hair and ear and more color around the eye. This is mainly so that l have a gauge between the light and dark colors. I am keeping the blonde highlights very white for now, because everyone who works with colored pencil knows that you can never get bright white again once you have put another color there. I feel it is too white and stark at the minute, but it is very easy to darken it later. It would be impossible to get it this white later if l darkened it, then changed my mind. There has been more eye work, but they are not finished yet. The fur/hair on his ears is really quite fun to do. Quite a challenge, as you need to work out each clump and work out which clump is the top clump and work your way down through the layers. A bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle.
Anyway, when l have done my Pilates and morning walk, l get to work on the gorgeous Ralph for the whole day and l can't tell you how satisfying it is as l start to feel life looking back at me. I never tire of it and feel so very lucky to be able to spend so much time doing this. I hope that you always find as much joy in the projects that you are doing....... Happy drawing to you!
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