So, with Mexico behind me, and six weeks worth of 'everything' to catch up on, I find myself back drawing animals, after sketching the Mexican landscape, city scape, churches, flora, fauna, statues... you name it.
The brief for this particular drawing is a vet opening up an obedience training school. He wants a natural/organic feel, friendly and warm. My intention was to source a dog and add hoops and frisbees where they weren't present. I had to take into consideration the original photograph's perspective and change the shading and perspective accordingly. I went for a fairly natural look, although I've decided to do a second drawing, perhaps just the line work, or in pen and ink...
The drawing then has to be taken into a colouring package where I intend to give it a backdrop and possibly an 'organic' texture.
Again with drawing the animals, ensure the eyes are right - the eyes tell you a fair bit about the dog and so getting them right sets the scene for the rest of the picture.
I did redo the drawing a second time, because the perspective on the frisbee was off. Ensure the perspective lines up if you are creating something that looks realistic to a degree; it's all that discussion about the 'uncanny valley', so if you're trying to sell the realism, ensure the texture, such as fur, cloth, shines etc. are where they should be. Proportion wise I have used a photograph that had a fair bit of perspective distortion on the image, all I did was make the ear closest to the camera a bit smaller.
The line work is about 90% there, what I need to do next is check out the form and tone. This is a dynamic pose, with a fair bit of balance (e.g. two hoops, big head, larger right hoop etc. so I just need to ensure there is balance in the lights and tonal darks of the pencil. For this one, I've worked smaller - A4, because I had 4 hours to do the actual drawing and approx 2 hours sourcing images. On that note, I would usually photograph my own reference, which I'm trying to do more of, but I think I'd need a trainer to get a dog to do this!
Work in progress....
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