Sunday, 30 January 2011

Crabbing WIP1

I started this one just after Christmas but since finishing the spaniel I haven't felt like painting on these endless grey days and have been out making the most of the sunshine when it has appeared.  I am also taking a CP techniques workshop in Ilminster for 11 people so that has required some planning and also doing the promotion for the 3 Coloured Pencil Experience workshops in Somerset, Devon and Dorset.

Today with the sun shining in my tiny studio I felt inspired to get this one moving again. Size is 54x40cm on mountboard.  I have used pastel for the sky and underpainting of the sea with coloured pencil for the detail.  Both will still need some work towards the end.  Today I have spent about 4 hours on the wooden jetty  The horizon looks a bit wonky in the photo but in reality its OK.   There is a lot of shadow in the evening light but I am still hoping to achieve some subtle detail.  There are 3 figures crabbing on the right that I haven't drawn in yet, hence the title.  I wasn't sure I liked the mountboard but I've got used to it as I have been working, I think it is a good support for this detailed subject.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

King Charles Spaniel

Happy New Year to all my followers.  This is my first picture of the New Year, this King Charles Spaniel is appropriately named Charlie.  He was about 6 months old when I took the reference photo and he is absolutely adorable.  I am usually a big dog person but this little chap is so cuddlesome I could take him home.  However I do get the chance to doggie set him from time to time.  I have used a new paper, Strathmore Bristol Vellum so it was really an experimental piece.  I would certainly use it again.  Size is 9x12 inches and I used Prismacolor and a few Derwent W/C pencils for the background.   I have decided to call it "Not me Mum!" he's got that guilty look as though he has just chewed my favourite shoes.