I’ve been struck down by a bit of technology issues lately. But it hasn’t kept me from working!
This drawing was commissioned by my geology professor as a Christmas gift for his wife. It’s of their three dogs one of whom is a recent rescue.
I always like hearing about successful adoption/rescues and it really helped keep me motivated on the drawing. The story behind a given commission is alway interesting and it’s one of the best parts of getting work like this.
The drawing was done primarily with mechanical pencil with a little touch up using an 8B. The bar across the background was an element I found useful in giving the dogs a little more pop off the page since they are done so softly, especially along some of the lighter fur lines. I have to thank one of my former classmates for the idea having shown me the work of Sergio Toppi some months back. The strong graphic shape also helped to solidify the composition on the page as well.
Expect more of the holiday work in the coming weeks!
Bentley, 11″x14″ white charcoal and Pentel brush pen
A friend asked if I could do a quick commission piece as a gift, having seen how often I draw my own dogs, he wanted to get a piece done for his friend whose dog had recently passed.
The style I’ve been working in recently for toned paper has a lot of potential for animal drawings as it really lends itself to creating fur textures and patterns in short order. It also allows me to pick out the important details after getting the shapes roughed out with the whites. With the paper taking place of working in midtone, these sort of drawings go quickly if you can plan them out a little during the white sketch. I played up the charcoal here as well using it very heavily and letting the hatch come through as a fade and to help frame the dog more.
The ink work is really where the form comes together though and I try to use it as sparsely as possible on animals so that just the important features are framed to give a good sense of shape.
I always love working on animal drawings, especially dogs. Might need to do some more stuff like this soon as a little mental break from the more serious stuff I’ve been working on of late.