A very, very happy weekend to everyone. It has been a wonderful week, summer has arrived a little too early, it was 94f (30c + for UK readers) whilst we were working in the yard on Wednesday, and it certainly makes the work harder, not to mention l swell all over which is not attractive! But it is the perfect excuse to whip up more ice cream! Raspberry this time. Far too much ice cream making and eating goes on here, but at those temperatures it is a necessity surely? That and frozen grapes. Wow! Those things are good. As long as you don't freeze them for longer than a few days. Little mini grape sorbets. Amazing!
One of the great things about my art room is that it is cooler than the rest of the house, so even more reasons to stay in there. I haven't wanted to come out this week. Working on the lovely Ralph has just been so much fun. I am so sad to be finished. When you have spent so much time drawing an animal you really start to feel that you know them. And Ralph is such a special character. If you have an Instagram account check him out @ralphcockerspaniel. You just have to love him.
l had a surprising challenge with this drawing because l hadn't noticed that his head is at a very slight angle in the photo. It goes back to the thing l have said before about your eyes accepting what you see in a photo, but not necessarily in a drawing. His nose is actually pretty crooked in the photo, but your eyes don't see it that way. When l drew him, it looked wrong and l had to straighten it out a bit. That slight angle challenged me throughout the whole piece. When to straighten things up or not. More experience is helping in this area, and memories of the chick with the giant foot came flooding back. I am learning that at times you just have to make it look right to your eyes, even if it is not one hundred percent accurate to the photo. I have kept everything at a slight angle and l hope that he still looks like Ralph.
I have done the first few layers of the background in the shot below. It is nice to be in the zen like background state after concentrating so hard on the details of the face and ears! Plus, l wanted to see where l needed to go with the hair once the contrast was in.
You can see l have roughly drawn the shapes of the body fur and yes, my drawing is always very rough. I tend to freehand everything as l work it, just mapping out where things are going. Prints of this beautiful boy are available now in my shop or you can check out my other artwork, l will put links to both below. I have a new project underway which l am excited to show you in my next post, in the meantime have the most wonderful weekend, enjoy every minute of it and happy drawing!