This commission is of an african wild dog. My client lives in kenya and sees these dogs around here home and she loves these animals. They are fascinating and so beautiful. She wants a life sized drawing of it, so the drawing will be quite big. She chose not to have a background and what you see there is frisket film that im using to protect the background from getting dirty. I’ve got a long way to go, but im really happy with the way its turning out. Im using charcoal on the dark areas so im really happy with the deep blacks that im achieving as well. I’m a big fan of texture and this drawing wont be the exception.
Update 2 4/14/2015:
#pencil #drawing #workinprogress #onlypencil Here is a closeup of the dog. You can see more of the detail that i have added. There is still more to add when im done. I have to add the single black hairs that will overlap the hair that you see. I still need to add the black whiskers. I may darken or lighten areas depending on how everything looks at the end. I love how up close you can see these fine details but from a distance everything comes together to give the drawing life. I’ve been asked quite often how i get the deep blacks. I use a combination of charcoal and Lyra 9b graphite sticks. Lyra graphite sticks are kind of waxy and don’t have much shine like other pencils. Combining it with charcoal, it gives me deep blacks and it reduces alot of the shine that pencil drawings are known for. Well, back to the drawing 🙂
Done! This was a great drawing to work on. Its my first life size pencil drawing and i for sure won’t be my last. My next drawing will most likely be a life size drawing as well. Lots of time went into this project but every bit was worth it.