Jul 12, 2015

Mulder and Rokko - Special Friends


I love animals, and I love drawing them! 
Mulder & Rokko - Graphite - Commission

Working on a commission piece has introduced me to many new animals.  I see their pictures, I hear their stories and I learn about their special character.  By the time I start my drawings I feel I know them.

Mulder and Rokko's portrait  has its own story.  It was a special surprise for their owner, a gift from friends. The picture is even more special as this is a memory piece of Mulder who has recently died.

My clients secretly gathered their pictures, they wanted to maintain the surprise.  We met, shared stories and pictures.  Then my work began.  I studied the pictures and tried several groupings.  I loved Mulder's stance and wanted to use it but did not know how to incorporate Rokko.  I spent a lot of 'thinking' time.  Studying my reference material.  Going for walks and fiddling with pictures in my sleep.  Then one day I had it!!  I did a mock up and checked with my clients, they loved it!

It had captured not only their likeness but their character! Mulder, who is standing at the back was always in charge.  Making the decisions and keeping Rokko in line. He was a salt and pepper schnauzer but his beard had a touch of brown.  I used coloured pencil to add this special touch.  

Rokko was quieter, more submission, ready to follow rather than to lead.  His special touch was his tongue.  There was always had a bit of his tongue peaking out. 

The drawing just seemed to come together.  I started with Mulder, in the back, then Rokko.  It was a challenge, I must admit to keep Rokko from becoming a black, blob.  Easy to do with a black dog.  But making his lighting almost backlight, seemed to really help in bringing his face to life.

The boys are gone now, wrapped and presented as a gift.  My clients were thrilled with the picture and could hardly wait to give it.  They even bought their own print as the dogs are good friends of theirs as well.

If you have a special friend that you would like me to draw, send me some pictures and let's talk.  I would love to see your special friend and hear their stories.
Have a great day,



Brenda Hill CDM said...

What a wonderful surprise for the owner and nice to see a graphite Wendy!

Wendy Mould AFCA said...

Glad you enjoyed my picture. I feel like I have been doing lots of graphite work but I realize now it has all been commissions and does not always get posted. My wildlife work in watercolour has been on my mind as well. I will try and be more equal in the future!