Sunday, January 24, 2010

How to Draw a Yorkie




















How do you draw a Yorkie? I wouldn't know how to answer that question but strangely it seems to be the no.1 reason people find this blog! It was also why I thought it might be a good idea to re-do an old graphite drawing in colour but I lost interest after a while and put it away. I was rather shocked to see how long that was- the WIP was posted in May last year! Time to finish or bin it!

It looks like it's been done on the same paper as my last few drawings but this one was draw on a larger brown sketchbook made by 'Seawhite of Brighton' and bought in Green & Stone, London. There is quite a difference too - this one is made for drawing on (although it's a bit smooth for my taste) and bits don't flake off the way they do with the paper from Paperchase. (That isn't a criticism since it's intended to be a scrapbook not a sketchbook.)

As for the colours, I'm afraid I threw so many colours at this I can't remember them all. It was looking very dull and I just put colour on with a bit of abandon. I used Lyra Rembrandts and added quite a lot of Grey Green and Brown and Yellow Ochre in the fur on his body. The very lightest highlights are, again, White (Luminance) and after Alex suggested it looked too light I put some yellow over it (he was right!). I have a few new Luminance colours and Raw Ochre went over the white to tone it down a little. (Other brands I have don't mix with the waxier Luminance pencils so I normally put those on last.) I saw a lot of green in his fur so I put that and some blue in too, especially on the darker fur on his back. The background has spots of Lyra - Cobolt Blue, Light Blue, Paris blue, True Green and Sap Green.

5 comments:

Janet Pantry said...

Just look at that expression - how gorgeous is he?! Glad you went back to this, Felicity, you did a fine job, and all those colours - phew! I love how you did the fur. Interesting re. the sketchbooks. I use the Paperchase one and, yes, it doesn't take many layers - makes you choose colours more carefully I think :)

Teresa said...

Hi Felicity,

Gosh I don't know where to start! Been catching up with your blog.. and, as usual, I'm so impressed with your work. I can relate on the "long break to recharge batteries"... I'm beginning to think my batteries need replacing rather than recharging! Thanks for the WIP's on the portraits and for the info on Luminance.. I've been wondering how they'd work with other brands of cp.

Gary Keimig said...

Haven't checked up on your blog in a while. The Yorky is priceless. My grand daughter is in process of graduating as a Physical Therapist after 7 years and just bought herself a Yorky-Poodle cross to celebrate the event. she certainly deserves the little guy.
Nice job. Glad you didn't bin it.

Carolina said...

He's so cute :) I think I'll never find the patience necessary to paint any extention of fur... you did an awesome job on this.
Best regards,
Carolina

jyothisethu said...

grace,
the pictures and portraits are wonderful...
actually, i went through the entire blog looking for more and more of your natural, lifelike paintings...
congratulations...