Wednesday, December 30, 2009
This beautiful dog had a lovely glossy coat - so the rendering on this portrait should be fun and eye catching. I really enjoy drawing in the fur - creating lights and shadows in the coat it really brings the portrait to life.
Posted by Jess at 3:59 PM
Monday, December 21, 2009
Here are the photos of the finished portrait. As you can see from the photos I tried to render in one of the horses lighter than the other - hopefully giving the ghost like effect my clients were looking for. It wasn't easy - I had to control the urge to darken my tones and shaded very gently.
I love to take on challenges with my work and this was certainly testing my skills. I hope Amber will like the finished portrait - I enjoyed creating this drawing for her.
Posted by Jess at 11:12 AM
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here are a few photos of my latest portrait. This portrait is large - 19" x 24" and portrays a young lady and her two beloved horses. One of her horses has passed away so I will be rendering him in with an almost ghost like feel - a gentler approach - it should make for an interesting piece! This portrait is going to be a Christmas present and I'm working hard to get it done in time for her to have it for Christmas.
It's definitely a challenge and an added challenge by adding a person in the portrait - but I love innovative portraits and I was happy to take this project on - I just hope that my client will be pleased with the finished result.
Sorry for the somewhat lacking photos - my light wasn't great for taking pictures - I assure you it's better in real life - I hope you like it?!
Posted by Jess at 6:16 PM
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
To create this portrait I worked from 2 photographs. The reason for this was because each photo had different strengths and I wanted to incorporate the best from both to draw the best portrait I could for my client.
This is Henry the Fjord. I have met him in person and he is a real sweetie. The photograph of the portrait does not do it justice - you need to see it in real life to appreciate the depth in the piece.
Posted by Jess at 11:54 AM
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The finished watercolor painting of my beautiful horse Tristan. He was just a baby in this picture and it was a bright and beautiful winter snowy day. I'm pleased with the finished result - it's been a while since I have worked with watercolors and I really enjoyed painting this piece. I use only the highest quality paints Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolors on Arches Watercolor Press Paper. I hope you like it!
Depending upon popularity of this piece I am considering making prints of the original and also Christmas cards.
The beginning stages of my watercolor painting. Watercolor is in my opinion the hardest medium to use - it is completely unforgiving - once you have put the paint down you have to act quickly to move it around the paper before it dries. It's also a bit of a guessing game as you never know what you'll get until you've applied the paint - the upside to this is that it makes for an exciting experience with many happy surprises.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I am very excited about my latest creative endeavour. This is my horse Tristan as a colt. I absolutely adore this photo and the photographer has kindly given me permission to make a painting from it!
I am going to do it in watercolors as I think this will work best for this photograph. It's a wonderful Christmas scene and if the painting comes out well I may use the image for Christmas cards.
Stay tuned for updates!
Posted by Jess at 11:41 AM