Wow, December already hey – where has 2013 gone?!
So I thought I’d jazz up my blog a little….even got the snow falling all over the show – surprised there’s not a snowman at the bottom! I wish I knew how to code websites properly….can’t get rid of the flippin’ blue headings which are a little contradictory to the rest of the colour code!
Anyway, back to business. So, settle down, I have a nice story to tell. Back in December 2012 I was approached by a facebook friend who was a BIG lover of……wait for it…..CATS. They had seen and known about my flair for art and enquired about drawing their pet as a commission. I was absolutely over the moon – my first paid drawing!! I could always imagine myself later in life having an art room to myself, full to the brim with art materials and pencils scattered across the desks….a place where I could lose myself in and get to work doing what I love. My bedroom became that place!
The client, Dave, gave me a few photos, of which we chose his favourite. Monty was a lovely cat – I loved his white whiskers and wide eyes. It was rather funny that the best photo actually had toilet rolls in the background where his cat, Monty was sat!
Layering fur is hard.
Especially with a black cat. I had to make the photo negative in order to see more detail and where the creases in Monty’s fur were. I love drawing eyes (even a cameleon’s) and that how simple tricks can absolutely bring them to life. My aim was to not let the drawing SEEM like a drawing; I wanted it to look like a picture. I was so nervous to begin with, as I wanted to get things right and I know that most pet owners would know their pet’s markings and fur colour off by heart. In total, I spent 13 hours drawing Monty. I loved every moment of it! 😀
So here is where I started….first a very light outline and fur….
And then began to use a heavier pencil to begin to give Monty a bit more body!
And finally more heavier pencils to create the final piece 😀
Both Dave and I were very happy!
Can’t forget the signature…
If you would like to contact me for a commission feel free to email me 😀 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please comment on my drawing so I know what you think 🙂