Daisy is a friend of mine’s German Shepherd. I have been wanting to draw or paint her for awhile, now, so I did both. I have explained that I sometimes do both blind and looking continuous line drawings because they help me study the contours better. I took the time to do that with this project so you could see several different approaches.
I attempt to include more when I look at my paper using continuous line. If I get tangled up in an area, I try to find a new contour to track back along. Remember to pretend you are feeling the object . Daisy is not flat like the side of a building so the strokes across her body will appear to be rounded if I felt her contours correctly.
Here I tried a new paper, Stonehenge 250GSM. I’ve finally found a paper that I like for colored pencil. It takes many layers that lay on smooth and doesn’t leave those little white bumps. I found it on Dissengallery Blog blogroll’s art supply link.
I have been searching for a more free way to use my colored pencils than what I’ve been doing. I started this drawing with gesture to create the form. Over the top of the gesture I drew the lines that I had practiced in the previous drawings. As the drawing began to take shape, I changed colors to correspond with my photo reference and started layering them in loosely. This was a much more pleasing approach to colored pencil than what I have been doing . I’ll try some more of these and see where it takes me.
I then challenged myself to create a watercolor of her using only the primary colors (red,yellow,blue). The above was the finished result. I used Lanaquerelle cold pressed 140lb watercolor paper. I like this paper for the soft wet look I seem to get with it.
The following blogs have tried a blind line and posted it!