Another Dog Sketch on Blue Paper

June 2, 2012

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Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch on blue laid paper in a roughly 12 inch square journal from England. On the left that's a bit of a gouache memory painting of some clouds I saw earlier in the day. I didn't get that page scanned.

With the end of May a lot of projects finished and I can feel it, I'm starting to get really antsy about the Minnesota State Fair. Then there will be lots of animals around to draw. For now I have to be content with sketching dogs I meet on the street, or dogs I've taken photos of at dog parks (like this guy—I put the photos up on my computer screen and sit back and sketch).

I signed on to do portraits at Paws on Grand again this year (Sunday, August 5) so it certainly helps to keep sketching dogs. (I'll have more to say about Paws on Grand at a later point, but you can find wrap ups about the previous three experiences if you use my blog's search engine.)

As I write this post I've already finished this blue journal and moved onto other books. I miss it. I have several more pieces from the blue journal to show you in upcoming days. I have to say that I enjoyed working on this paper a lot. It wasn't as smooth as I generally like my papers, but the texture it had was wonderfully disruptive of my line. I could paint on the paper. And best of all it was a huge book. I loved having the opportunity to work big. 

If you tend to work small, take a break and do some larger pieces. You might find that you leave out details because you are "stylizing" something to go large and fill the space. Or you might find that you include everything because now you have the space.

Either way you win!

    • Frank Bettendorf
    • June 2, 2012

    Nice image and an excellent example of being selective of what goes down on the page. Your use of minimal hatching is another example of what I’m talking about. I like this very much.
    Frank B

  1. Reply

    Thanks for your kind words Frank. His little pouty under lip needs some PAINT!!!!! I’ve been trying to put in less lines and then I feel like going to paint more frequently, but in this one I just wanted to leave the lines.

    I hope you are getting some sketching done!

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