NEW WORKS FROM THE STUDIO OF ART BY WENDY
I personally don’t use that method very often. I find that once those grooves are made there
is no going back. Sometimes when I get
further into a drawing I want to make changes: add or take away whiskers; or lengthen
or shorten them. These options are not
possible if I have made the groove in my paper. I also find that if I am making smaller drawings it is hard to make my grooves thin enough. My embossed whiskers end up all the same width and
too thick for a smaller portrait.
The Portrait is finished
Just need to do the whiskers
Whiskers seem like an extra to be added on at the end of a drawing but that is not the case. They are an important feature that can bring my animals to life. It takes careful planning at the beginning to get them right: they are a white space that has to be saved, it can’t be created later.
There are two ways to create the whiskers; one is to use a dull point, like a darning needle. The whiskers are drawn with the needle at the start, creating a deep groove in the paper. Thus allowing you to work over the lines and no graphite will go into them.
|Whiskers made with darning needle|
I like to “leave my whites” to create my whiskers. This again requires pre-planning. Once the drawing is transferred and the first layer is blocked in, I use a pointed white eraser to shape my whiskers. This gives me a good sense of how they will look for the finish. There is often bits of graphite still on them from the blocking in which also gives them a more realistic look. (not a line of white but gray tones in places) One note of caution, this method is a lot fiddlier, as you must continually save those whites as you build up the area around them.
Alvin is my neighbour’s cat, a very friendly guy. He comes over often to hunt around our bird feeder. So far he hasn't had much luck but he loves to try. He has been a very obliging model for me so I have got some great shorts. His thick fluffy hair makes him very fun to draw.
On another note: Things are busy around here, packing today for the Vendel Festival Show tomorrow. Saturday, April 11, 11-6pm, Beecher Place, 12160 Beecher St, Crescent Beach. - Art, Wine, Ocean View & Chocolate - who could want for anything more!!??
Have a great day,
Contact me to create a portrait of your animal. See more examples of my work on my Commission a Drawing Page.