I figured I should give each piece it’s own post. It’s part showing off, part advertising I guess, and part individualizing the works for people who haven’t seen them outside of the gallery I have of them on here.
First the technicalities. This is a graphite piece on bristol paper, primarily using a mechanical pencil. I prefer crisp lines and I haven’t found anything better for that than smooth bristol paper, so it’s my medium of choice. The paper is 9 in by 12 in, and sealed with matte finishing spray for everything except the dog’s eyes and the sun glasses’ lenses which were sealed with high-shine finishing spray. The scan job pretty much negates the shine, which annoys me to no end, let me tell you.
I loved this piece when I was done, as I do any that I draw from the heart and I still do. Only the more time goes by, the more my first thought on seeing it is, “I could do this better. I should try it again.” Which is pretty typical for me, if I encounter the slightest flaw that I know I can fix, I am irrationally compelled to start all over again. It’s a memorial drawing, for the loss of Jolie, the dog portrayed. I still tear up when I think about it/look at it and knowing how very hard it was to lose my own dog. Hell, it’s been almost 10 years and I cry over that dog from time to time.
Source taken by Hugh Howey (Showing his wife, Amber and dog, Jolie):