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Bayley the Bichon, round two!

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Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby KrissyNZ » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:55 am

Bayley's owners were so happy with the first drawing that they commissioned a second piece, much to my dismay :lol: I thought I was done with white curly fur for a while but it was not to be!

I had this photo below, which had such a lovely expression but because he was so full of beans and couldn't sit still long for the camera, I lost his left ear! Luckily I had another photo from a similar angle.

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A quick bit of Photoshop merging and I had this...

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So now it was time to start drawing and this is where I am so far.

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This time I have approached the drawing very differently, using indenting very very sparingly and trying to rely on more rendering than "tricks". Instead of laying down a flat tone first and pulling my clumps of fur out with the eraser, I'm trying to draw the darker areas in with the pencil and not rely on the eraser much, if at all. Also I will not add a dark background to this one, I really want to challenge myself to make Bayley stand out without having to cheat with a dark background hah! I am hopeful that all this will result in a better quality drawing as I was very unhappy with the results of the last one. Onwards and upwards!

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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby Bev » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:09 pm

What a great photo, he looks a very happy little dog. I am sure he will turn out beautifully Krissy. I don't agree that having a dark background is 'cheating', whatever helps to get where you want to be is OK by me! look forward to more!
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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby Laurene » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:15 pm

I love your reference photo too! I'm looking forward to seeing more!

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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby Rob Bristow » Mon May 21, 2018 8:44 pm

Those eyes are just popping straight off the page

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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby Mike Sibley » Mon May 28, 2018 5:06 pm

Bayley's alive already... and you've only just begun!!!

I'm really looking forward to seeing this progress.

And that's a lovely Photoshop merge too!
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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby Rob Bristow » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:03 pm

Instantly made me smile nice drawing

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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby KrissyNZ » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:53 am

Well I dropped off the radar for a while but I'm back! Gave myself a deadline of the end of November to finish this boy. The challenge of not using a dark background seems to be paying off and I'm spending more time thinking carefully about my values. I've even broken out a 6B pencil, which feels odd, but I think the results speak for themselves :) Very happy with this so far!

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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby KrissyNZ » Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:39 am

Getting through it! The end is now in sight :)

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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby Mike Sibley » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:42 pm

Krissy, this is.... simply stunningly gorgeous! You're doing such a spectacular job. And keeping white on a white background was a good decision. The result is a very subtle drawing that has a definite focus on the facial features. 100% character, but all the body detail is there if I go looking for it.
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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby KrissyNZ » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:50 pm

Thank you so much Mike! I'm really pleased I stuck it out and didn't opt for a dark background again. I wanted to give the customer something a bit different to the first one and I do felt like I really succeeded with this drawing. Here is the finished piece. She was absolutely thrilled with it and couldn't understand how I had managed to draw a white dog on white paper :D

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The total elapsed drawing time was 16hrs, 48mins. I'm not thrilled with the fur on the body but I had to move on to a pressing Christmas commission so I'll chalk it up to a learning experience and experiment some more on a future drawing!

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Re: Bayley the Bichon, round two!

Postby Mike Sibley » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:02 pm

I agree about the body - but I might not have noticed if you hadn't mentioned it :)

In any case, the face and expression far outweigh the body and it demands to be given full attention.

If you'd drawn this for me, I too would be absolutely thrilled to receive it. Thanks for letting us see the finished drawing - the wait was well worthwhile!
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