Saturday, November 03, 2007
More cats and dogs!
I'm not sure whether to mention this but I read that there was a challenge to do a drawing a day for November so I thought I'd see if I could attempt it. I seriously doubt my ability to stick with it but perhaps, just for November I'll try and up the output a bit more! Even if I don't manage one a day I'll try to sketch more and I think I'll focus mostly on some of the very ordinary things around the house as there is usually a story attached.
The cat above is called an Exotic Shorthair which I thought would be fun to do. It was interesting to explore it's face and how it's hair grows around the face but it was also slightly disturbing to me. I have no idea what cat breeders are allowed to do and what regulations they are subject too, but I can't help but feel breeding animals to look like this is very wrong. I know breeds like Siamese that have very long narrow noses can have respiratory problems and with a nose as tiny and squashed as this, it must surely cause difficulties. I finished this one on Thursday (1st). I should point out that this is not one of the things to be found around the house!
This one was drawn in my 'blotting paper' sketchbook. It seems to absorb the graphite so that I have to go over and over in soft pencil to get dark values and any sort of sharpness or precision is out of the question - which makes it ideal for very quick sketches. I can smudge instead of hatching which makes for less fussing. I had thought I had gone off this sketchbook but now I'm changing my mind again! These are dried oranges and limes I saw in a supermarket last week. I love those deep cuts, the patterns they make and how the flesh inside has become very dark in contrast. I put them in a wooden bowl which I think I should draw separately as that has quite an interesting story behind it.
This morning, before getting out of bed, I drew this little guy. Alex went on a school trip earlier this year, had a great time even though it was quite rigorous, and yet still thought of his Mum and brought this back for me! So naturally it has pride of place on my bedside table. Another quick sketch on the 'blotting paper' in HB pencil.