Saturday, February 16, 2013

Buster WIP 2

Here's a small update to my portrait of Buster.  It's been awhile but I took some time off to rejuvenate myself and to re-dedicate myself to my drawing - and more specifically - to my  portraits.  I want them to be more realistic and more meaningful.   With that said, it's time to get back to work and start bringing Buster to life on paper.

Being left handed, I like working from right to left on the paper.  I keep a piece of scrap paper under my drawing hand so that I don't smudge the line drawing underneath and make a mess out of the whole thing.  For the eye, I used  a 0.5mm Pentel P205 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead.  For darkening the pupil and the area around the pupil, I drew tiny tiny overlapping circles (really I just drew in a circular motion as opposed to drawing in actual circles).  I blended the area with a medium tortillion and darkened the pupil a bit more.  I repeated the blending process and drawing process until I was satisfied - that is the result you see here. 

Next, I will be continuing on the area around the eye.  The challenge will be how to get realistic texture on a dog that is mostly white????  The answer is with shadows.   I hope to manipulate the light and shadow in a way that I can create realistic looking fur/hair on Buster.  The area around his eyes and mouth are a pinkish tone in real life so I'm going to keep this area fairly light.   I'll be posting an update soon!!!