Dec 27, 2006

Shamus - Stage 2

This is stage 2 of Shamus. I'm guessing that I've put about 5 hours into it so far (give or take).

I've really got to get into the habit of timing how long it takes me to do these drawings. I have timed some in the past and came up with some general times. I think, generally for an 8x10 drawing, it takes me 8-10 hours for one pet. For an 11x14 drawing of one pet, I think it takes about 15 hours. Every drawing is different though and some go more smoothly than others. Maybe I should carry a little stop-watch around in my pencil case!

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I travelled home to Moncton (about 1 1/2 hrs from here) and spent time with my family. I had a lot of visiting to do and it was great to see everyone. It was a busy 4-day weekend!

Sadly, my little sis wasn't with us this year because she's in China, teaching in Shanghai. My mother and I are heading there this February for 2 1/2 weeks and we're quite excited! Neither of us has been to China so it will be quite an adventure.

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year! I will post an update on Shamus again very soon.

Dec 22, 2006

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone!!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

Dec 21, 2006

Shamus - Stage 1

This is Shamus the cat. It's a little hard to see the outline, but it's there if you look closely.
Pencil on 8x10 white paper.

Dec 13, 2006

Waiting list as of Dec 13, 2006

1. Shamus - cat
2. Noah - cocker spaniel
3. Abbee - cat

This brings me to about March or April if all goes well.

Dec 9, 2006


This is Seven, our little 4 month old kitten. I drew her in pastel (Nupastels) on 9.5 x 12.5 black velour paper.

I discovered velour paper while reading a book by Lesley Harrison, called "Painting Animals that Touch the Heart". She is an amazing artist, and the softness that she is able to acheive in fur is unbelievable. This is partly due to the fact that she uses velour paper. I ordered some online because you can't get any around here, and I love it. It is sort of a fuzzy, velvety paper, and really neat to draw on. I like it much better than regular pastel paper which is quite rough.

I'm keeping this drawing for my portfolio because I need to build up more of a collection of my original art. Right now, most of my originals belong to other people!

Dec 4, 2006

Please vote for me!

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