Latest WIP. I haven't used graphite for a long time, I forgot how fiddly it is :O
Reference is a standardbred mare, for a paying client.
Obviously I still need to deepen some tones and get more detail into it, but I'm quite happy at the moment, especially since I've had to improvise her eye! I've also altered the forelock a little, but haven't gone into depth with that as yet.
As always, I have struggled immensely to get a suitable photograph of my work. I am very lucky in that my client for this piece was local, so was able to view it in person and was thrilled with the result :) But at least the photo proves that I finished it :P
Between finishing the graphite piece, and starting my next commission, I have started to have a little play at some work for my own records. The forum's own "Olgait" has very kindly given me permission to use her photographs as references for my work.
So here is my current piece 'on the easel', in soft pastels on Canson Mi Teintes. Only in the baby stages so far, laying down my basic tones, getting the shapes where I want them etc. It will have another 5-10 layers of pastel applied depending on the area that I am working on.
And finally, my next commission. I will be working on this in conjunction with the piece above, as I have just started back at uni and need to get a rattle on with my commissions. Thankfully I only have these two little fellows, "Caramel" and "Cappacino" (kids pets ;)), and a siamese fighting fish from the same client, to go on my list before my advertising campaign hits the printers for September and the Christmas rush!
Your work is phenomenal. I'm an artist as well but do strictly pencil work. Now and then I think about trying out pastels and graphite but haven't gotten around to it yet. It boggles my mind how you start off with blues and other colors for a dog that ends up to be brown. You should post some video clips.
Latest work on the guinea pigs. Just to give you an idea of the layout, I've drawing the patchy guinea pig on the bottom left of the page, and the caramel coloured piggy slightly right and above the patchy one.
I'm really struggling with the colour of the patchy guinea, the camera flash has washed it out so I'm not entirely sure if it has a red base, or a blue base. So lots of experimenting with colours has been called for. I'm fairly happy with the colour I have used, and the owner have approved it.
Hahahaha oh dear! I don't know, I find that I can just look at a photo and pick out a base colour. If I don't have a base colour down to work from, then I really struggle to work. I guess it's just a matter of building up and up until suddenly you've got the right colour and can start adding your details.