Monday, May 24, 2010

Pet Drawings #18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Haven't had enough time to post lately, but I still have been drawing. Sometimes time limits dictate what techniques I use for my drawings. Since I had a lot going on this week I decided to work mostly with line and some gesture. I like using a variety of techniques because there is always something to learn with how different approaches to drawing have me see my subjects.
I sometimes envy artists whose sketchbooks have a pretty drawing on every page. Their books are a work of art in themselves. Not mine! My books send to be a place where I experiment with ideas and process, while occasionally creating something that I might want to frame and hang on a wall. However, I have come to appreciate looking at "process" drawings in my sketchbooks, as well as other artists' works.
Some of these dog sketches remind me of one of my favorite children's books "A Day, A Dog" by Gabrielle Vincent. In this book, Vincent tells a pictorial story of a dog that is abandoned and travels through a meandering path. Vincent tell the story with "simple" drawings that could have easily come from her sketchbook. Yet the simplicity of the drawings have an effective impact on how the story is told. A more refined technique would have probably been a distraction to the story. The book not only represents a dog tale, but also the joy of drawing and creating.













7 comments:

Alex said...

The sketches are really lovely =)

donna said...

More wonderful work!

nanke's stuff said...

I especially like Ruby's feet! There's just something about dog's feet that I find kind of endearing ... yep, I know,.... sounds weird. lol nancy

Shirley said...

Love the "sketchiness," i.e. the looseness of these sketches. They really capture your pets beautifully.

Janene said...

Nice sketches--you've done well at capturing shapes and textures.

Sandra said...

Really like the sleeping dog with his leg extended. What a neat challenge you have given yourself.

raena said...

Your quick sketches have captured the essence of your pets so well!