Sorry that there aren't more pictures but I basically did this over the course of a day with very long sittings and forgot to take pictures in between. I have realized that my hair is doing weird things so right now it follows the picture but that may be subject to change. I am also having some difficulty with the eye but I think once shadows are added, it will look more normal. Sandy is looking cute as ever, but I am still contemplating what mark I will use to make her fur. I thought I would have more difficulty with the hand than I did so I am pretty proud of that. I will continue to tweak the preliminary drawing after some critiques and I need to decide how to move forward with the background. Additionally, the composition could change and part of it i need to deckle at school.
I am off to a hesitant start with the conte and kind of skipped around between different parts of the piece. Hopefully I will get into a rhythm soon.
I did the folds of the shirt and I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I think the fabric makes it more similar to the old master drawing but the marks overall look a little bit smudgier and darker that the old master drawing.
I did a bunch today and added conte to the puppy and the face. I had some issues with the fur folds around Sandy's neck, but I think I fixed it and it looks pretty good now
I spent a while just focusing on the face and she went through a bunch of nose jobs before it looked remotely like me but I think the shadows on the face helped bring it together.
Here, I added in the white highlights which is always so fun and makes everything pop more. I had been avoiding the hair up until now but I started on it and right now it looks like I am graying.
I finished the hair and tried my best to capture all of the fly aways and shadows without my hair looking like a bird's nest. It is a little different approach that the old master but since it was closer up, I think more detail was needed.
I have two pictures for this because I realized I did the background but forgot to add highlights to the fabric. I am still a little torn about the background but I don't want to add too much and detract attention from the subjects. Then I signed it and now all I have to do is deckle the last edge.
After a helpful critique, I have enhanced the highlights, and darkened the background so now I think I'm actually done.
I am a Maggie Walker art student in Richmond, Virginia. This blog section is a little window into my art process, research, and experiences. You can follow along with my journey as you scroll.