Dog Practice—Three: Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watersoluble Colored Pencils?

July 11, 2010

Another run at the question.

Above: Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watersoluble Colored Pencils in a journal I handmade with Nideggen paper. Click on
the image to view an enlargement (you'll also be able to see the cool paper texture).

In my previous practice session for Paws

on Grand (August 1) I ruled out pen and ink. But I had some Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watersoluble Colored Pencils out and grabbed them for the next experiment. I am still working on Nideggen paper here, first because the journal was at hand and second, because I thought it would be good to work on a toned surface.

There are great things about Nideggen (so I use it to make journals a lot; see a table loaded with them here OR if you would like to use this paper in one of your own books read my post on matching surfaces across the spread). First, though it is a lightweight sheet it is very opaque. Second, it has a lovely WAVY laid texture. This can be a delightful addition to any pencil work you do on the sheet, even your tight pen work; yet it is still wonderful to write on. And third, it takes water well. I paint with watercolor and gouache on it all the time. In the above spread you can see that I wet certain portions of the Basset sketch with water to activate the watersoluble pencil (yes, he really was that long!).

What came out of this practice session? I think this paper is too dark for what I want to do, but the size is working for me. I can get the little bit of detail I find critical around the eyes, quickly. So the tool is matching the finished size I'm trying to achieve. Also I'm beginning to think the addition of water will be superfluous. And there is no time for things to dry before I hand the sketch to the sitter's handler!

But I sense I'm arriving at a decision, which is good because I don't have any more dog shows coming up on TV!

Goldilocks got it in three, but it actually takes me four to make my decision…

    • Carolyn
    • July 11, 2010

    Nice, very nice!

  1. Reply

    Thanks Carolyn,
    Thanks Raena—yep those King Charles are lovely, sweet looking dogs. I was shocked to hear how many health problems they have due to a reduced brain cavity. It’s very sad.

    • Daphne Miller
    • August 29, 2010

    Are you familiar with Cecil Aldin’s drawings? If not, DO check him out. He was a British artist/illustrator, work spanning turn-of-the-century (died in 1935). His dog sketches are wonderful – he can just nail the expressions with minimal line and fuss. Lots of work done on tinted paper, graphite or charcoal w/white highlights. Your superb sketches brought him to mind instantly and I hope I am introducing you to a kindred spirit. One of his BEST books was “Sleeping Partners” – sketches of his two dogs, Mickey & Cracker, sleeping together in various positions. For a long time his books were only available from antique book dealers, but I noticed recently that reprints are available on Amazon. I have no idea how they compare to the originals…

  2. Reply

    Daphne, THANK YOU for telling me about Aldin. I didn’t know of his work. There’s a fantastic drawing of two dogs sleeping on a couch in the Wikipedia article about him. I wonder if that is from the book you mention.

    Well I have to get more of him so I’ll be looking. Thank you so much for sharing this information with me.

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