Dog Practice—One: Stabilo All or Derwent Drawing?

July 6, 2010

Preparing to sketch at Paws on Grand.

Above: Red Stabilo All (left) and Derwent Drawing (chocolate brown I think it's called; it isn't on hand). These are in a 8 inch square journal I made with discontinued paper.

Paws on Grand is coming up (August 1) and as I always do, when I am going to be drawing fast from life, I start to think about my materials. How can I optimize my fun and the results!

For some reason I just can't bring myself to sketch with graphite or with my favorite black pencil (Cretacolor Nero I; which used to be called Negro and which I used for over 50 percent of my Daily Dots—that opening portrait is entirely Cretacolor with only a bit of Prismacolor red on the clown nose; here's one of the Daily Dots made with the Cretacolor, perfect for sketching Alaskan Malamutes).

I'm not going to use the Stabilo Tones this year.  I'm down to the last little bits of my favorite colors and last year's use of Stabilo Tones at Paws saw me going through three of these sticks. This year I want to work smaller and a bit tighter. 

Since the Stabilo All (which is a thin colored pencil that is watersoluble and very waxy when used dry) was sitting out after being used on another project I grabbed that to test. Then I grabbed a Derwent Drawing because I was looking for something a tad softer. (I decided it was too soft for the look I wanted).

Of course paper is a huge factor in the way a final drawing will work. The texture of the paper can work with you or against you. Since the paper I was working on is no longer available I was really just trying to finish the journal! I knew I wouldn't use either of these two pencils. Strathmore makes a number of drawing papers that will substitute nicely here, but that wasn't the issue.

I'll write more about my decisions in upcoming posts.

(Note: since there is no resident canine these tests relied on a dog show on TV for models.)

    • sue
    • July 6, 2010

    Love these! The quizzical look on the dog in reddish tones is perfect. They both look so loose and fresh.

  1. Reply

    Thanks Sue, I’m trying to do more sketches of dogs head on to practice the foreshortening of the muzzle and nose. It isn’t a view I typically like (except with bull dogs and flat nosed dog breeds) but owners seem to like that.

    I prefer a 3/4 or profile view because it gives more of the character of the dog’s head.

    I’m glad you like these frontal attempts—I’ll keep working on it!

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