Shyna, Lovely Kitty (#39): 100 Face Challenge

I was browsing posts tagged “cats” and ran across Diary of Dennis.com, a very cool photography blog, and this photo of Dennis’s cat, Shyna. I was so attracted to the angle of her head in the shot and her beautiful eyes, so of course I had to try to capture her in graphite.

020516Dennis has so many irresistible photos of Shyna on his site that I may be drawn back to her again and again.   It was interesting working with the areas of her fur that are black, as I find black fur most challenging.   I’m working up to it though, so Jill and Denis (and others who have been waiting patiently), I hope to feature your animals soon.   Thank you for sharing terrific photos of your most adorable cat, Dennis!

Peace and pointy pencils to all!   Happy Friday!   😀

Contented Dog (#35): 100 Face Challenge

When I saw this photo of my friend Jodi’s dog at Life in Between…do I have to finish this sentence? How could anyone resist this face?!

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There is nothing sweeter than the eyes of a dog. A challenging, foreshortened view that I’m still working on rendering just right, but every single time, such a joy to try and capture. Thank you, Jodi, for sharing your lovely photos. And thank you, Charlie, my partner in crime!   You both inspire me.

Saturdays are inspiring too! Beef stew will bubble in the crockpot, some kind of cool gluten-free chocolate chunk bars will be baking in the oven…..and then let the weekend dance continue with color galore! Happy almost February…..peace.

European Eagle Owl in Profile (#34): 100 Face Challenge

I came across an image that grabbed me by the throat recently at Paint My Photo. The photographer is Paul Sherman, and his wildlife images will wow you.

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This was a quick “I should really be sleeping” type of sketch, but wouldn’t it be amazing to sharpen a whole bunch of colored pencils and have a go at a detailed painting of this gorgeous photo? Here is a live link to the image. You will have to setup a free account at Paint My Photo to view it. If you’re an artist, it’s worthwhile. The photographers there graciously share their work with the art community, which is a beautiful thing indeed.

Who’s dancing? Time to splatter and splash in big splotches of paint this weekend! Peace.

Same Face, First Try (#33): 100 Face Challenge

Here is the initial, whole head sketch of the “Eyes Without a Face” man from this morning.

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This is the most challenging face I’ve tried.   He is an actor, born in the UK, although I believe most of his films are American.   As far as I know, he now lives in the US.  I still don’t see him there, but thought I’d post this initial sketch of his whole head, in case anyone was curious.     This was done from a different reference photo than the one I posted this morning. Comments are all being held in moderation, so feel free to guess!

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!   Peace.

Eyes Without a Face? (#32): 100 Face Challenge

I thought this face would be easy to draw, because it has so much character.

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It wasn’t. Because it has so much character(!)  Thus, a partial face! He is an actor from the UK who……is shall we say, north of 50? Not sure how old he was in my reference photo…..and he is still alive. If you can’t tell who he is, it honestly won’t surprise me much! hehe. I’ll hold all comments in moderation, so don’t hold back if you have a guess!

The fun thing (ok, it’s “fun” when I’m looking on the bright side) about art is that I never know what is going to happen when I sit down to draw. It may turn out, it may not, or it may turn out….in part. It’s what keeps it challenging and exciting. Peace and Happy Hump Day to you!

Who am I (#30): 100 Face Challenge

After helping Hub dig out yesterday, I settled in with him in the Den of Zen to watch TV….and was faced with an interesting face! Hello? Google images?

Presto! Hope you all enjoy.   Feel free to guess his identity, as I hold all correct guesses in moderation; this way everyone has the fun of guessing!   I freehanded this with the help of a Polychromos colored pencil (love them – helpful when you need to erase, which they do so well) in my humble Canson sketchbook (Thank you Kirk, for that wonderful recommendation!)

I’m so glad that the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the roads are fairly clear, and all is right with the world again. Definitely an answer to a prayer! Happy Monday to all!    Peace.

Cat Saves Man (prelim) -#27 & #28: 100 Face Challenge

I’ve not got far into this book, but I know it’s a keeper.   Here’s the Amazon link – it’s called “A Street Cat Named Bob And How He Saved My Life” by James Bowen.

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While watching TV last night, I was sketching faces in front of me the whole time.   (It’s a great way to practice, if you’re into faces.)  Time for bed, and I happened to see this book cover…and I just had to do a quick preliminary sketch, to see if I could capture their essence.   For a quick sketch, I was happy with it.   I’m happier with the man’s face than the cat’s, but I’d like to revisit this image and try and do it some justice.    Don’t they look like a wonderful pair?   Apparently, the man was a heroin addict, and this cat wouldn’t leave him alone.   He wound up turning the man’s life around.   I just love stories like that!

Enjoy your Saturday.   I may be dancing with a ski mask and gloves on today, but I’ll be dancing!   Stay warm and keep those pencils and brushes moving!  🙂

Partial Rabbit (#26): 100 Face Challenge

I found a nice closeup of a rabbit/hare head via a Google images search and had to try to capture it.   This is a simple ballpoint pen with a bit of Polychromos colored pencil on top.

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It kind of reminds me of the hares I’ve seen Rebecca over at RebeccaEvansCreate do so many times, but now the photo is gone and I can’t find any more info about him/her.   I just know he was cute and I had to try and draw him.    I was surprised how much I enjoyed working with the ballpoint pen!    A nice inexpensive art supply, I tried it due to a suggestion and related video from Alphonso Dunn (my ink hero).

Let’s all blow really hard and send that snowstorm out to sea.   Who’s with me?   Stay safe and warm, my friends.   ❤