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Dog Days—Part II

July 20, 2011

Click on the full post for details and two new pages in this series.

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Left: Dog practice sketches using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen and gouache on a 9 x 12 inch page in a Fabriano Venezia journal. (Edges cropped a bit because the page is larger than my scanner top.)

Sometimes the pen doesn't want to work, even when moments before it seemed to work. My response to that is to keep working, but to also try something else. Step back and take a longer view (full dog at the top), or to add color. I like working in series because I get immediate feedback. I like working quickly because mistakes don't matter, because you're already starting a new sketch.

 

110708CDog Right: another dog practice sketch using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen and gouache on a 9 x 12 inch page in a Fabriano Venezia journal. This was made in the same session as the previous page. There was another sketch started underneath this one, but it was abandoned almost immediately as not productive. You can see a portion of it showing through in the neck of this dog. Click on the image to view an enlargement. (Edges cropped a bit because the page is larger than my scanner top.)

Sometimes by pushing the paper and the paint past the point where we originally wanted to go we can find something fun (if a bit scary).

    • Terry Garrett
    • July 20, 2011
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    I LOVE these pages Roz- so much energy.

  1. Reply

    Thanks Terry, I appreciate your comments. So much was going on when I was doing these, it’s strange for me to look at them now. I still do like that second image for its messiness.

    • Linda
    • July 20, 2011
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    Roz,love these dog pages so. In trying to do some myself how do you start your dogs is there any thing like a box to start the dogs head ect? Im hoping your understanding this question Im trying to ask you sorry im not explaning myself better ugh. Anyways my dear keep up the great work love this dog thing so much and thanks Roz for all of this it means alot:)
    Have a great day,
    Linda

  2. Reply

    Linda, I write about the type of direct sketching with pen and ink that I do in the following post
    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2011/03/direct-sketching-with-pen-and-ink-drawing-birds-and-animals-from-life.html
    and in an earlier post I detail my process sketching people that way
    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2011/03/direct-sketching-with-pen-and-ink-drawing-people-from-life.html

    Both of those posts will give you a blow by blow type of description that maybe helpful to you.

    For dogs I typically start with the eye, one eye, draw it in, and work out from there. In this page spread I did that except that I’m trying to speed up and so I drew in a light ink circle for the head on each of them.

    And for the one on the top left of the spread I went immediately from the head circle to the body shape, returning later to the face details, and then ending with the addition of paint.

    Hope that helps. Enjoy working on your dog series.

    • Linda
    • July 21, 2011
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    Roz, hank you so for helping. Im so excited about this I have a doberman which Ive wanted to draw him seems like forever so I;ll try and work on this this means alot,
    Have a wonderful day my friend,
    Linda

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