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Jimi - Finished

The animal and wildlife forum concentrates on drawings of all animals, from domestic pets to wildlife - anything dressed in fur, feathers or scales. The emphasis is on drawing but paintings are also acceptable.

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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby danluc » Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:54 pm

Hi Krissy
I think you did a great job in recovering the drawing.
And in general I also think that your work is fantastic.
Just a tip...be sure to be the last to leave the room ;)
Last month I spilled my espresso coffe on a drawing... What a disaster!!!
Lesson learned: never drink coffe when working at my drawing desk...

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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby Laurene » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:47 pm

LOL! Anyone with a cat has a similar story to tell (although I never locked mine in a room with my drawing :lol: ) I can remember one of my favourite drawings is of a shetland pony with a matted mane. That mane ended up with a few extra mats in it after my little darling took a walk across my drawing while I answered the phone :roll:

No one will be able to tell that anything at all happened to your drawing, Krissy. You can use a very light pencil (even a 4H or a 6H) and hold it very loosely almost parallel to your paper and draw very tiny little circles using almost no pressure. That can really help to blend a newly erased area with a neighbouring area.
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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby SugarLand » Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:17 pm

Wow amazing krissy

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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby KrissyNZ » Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:48 pm

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Small update to Jimi. After a long "grieving period" following the destruction caused by my cat I've finally sat down and tidied it up. Covering the marks in the bottom left corner meant I have had to go much darker than I wanted to and it unbalances the drawing. I need to darken all of his black fur to compensate, which is not a bad thing I think.

Sorry for the poor quality photo too. I really must invest in a scanner!

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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby Mike Sibley » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:12 pm

If you couldn't remove the graphite from the background I'm assuming... damp paws? What a terrible thing to happen.

Covering the marks in the bottom left corner meant I have had to go much darker than I wanted to and it unbalances the drawing. I need to darken all of his black fur to compensate, which is not a bad thing I think.

I admire your positive attitude! And I agree that darkening the drawing will restore balance, and it will increase the three-dimensionality too. I couldn't resist a quick play... :)

It appears to me that you could go quite a lot darker and still retain the dominance of those lovely eyes. This is just a quick Levels change in Photoshop but you can much be more selective than I've been.
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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby KrissyNZ » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:49 pm

Mike unfortunately the oils from his wee paws set the graphite in patches and darkened it too :( I checked my time sheet and realised it has taken 3 months for me to get over my frustration hahaha! I love the little preview you put together, I think darkening it is going to make a huge difference! I must admit I am nervous to go over everything again since it will change the nice textures I had achieved but it's just part of the learning and experimenting process. I think I will need to try with quite a dark pencil... 6B perhaps, as this paper is not very receptive to layering due to the very fine tooth.

I also had a wee play with some more region-specific darkening. I think the top of his head needs to be a main focus as it seems to me like it just fades out too much.

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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby Rob Bristow » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:21 am

That's a great drawing
love the nose - I always like a good nose sets the drawing off

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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby KrissyNZ » Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:55 am

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I am so frustrated with this! The paper is awful, I cannot recommend the Hahnemuhle Archival Bristol Board at all. Darkening the existing pencil work has resulted in "spots" of lifted fibers appearing everywhere!!! At this point I will just finish his ear & do enough on the chest to be somewhat believable and call it quits. I wanted this piece to be perfect but it was not meant to be :( My grandparents will love it regardless but for me, it will forever be the one that never quite worked out.

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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby Laurene » Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:10 am

I can feel your frustration KrIssy. I think you've solved your problem very well because the background does not compete with the dog a all. When I look at your drawing my eyes go straight to his mouth and to his eyes.

Your drawing is beautifully done. All of the different textures are expertly rendered! I don't have experience with fibers lifting, but do you think it will be less evident after spaying with workable fixative and then framing under glass?
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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby kennyc » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:15 am

looking great in the darker mode. Paper can make all the difference!
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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby KrissyNZ » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:43 am

Dearest Jimmy passed away last night. He had not eaten in almost 3 weeks and was finally laid to rest in his favourite part of the country. So many tears have been shed by all the family as he was such a special dog. He came from an abusive home when he was only a year or so old and my grandfather gave him a life full of love, happiness and freedom. We had 15 wonderful years with him and I'll forever treasure his memory. The portrait is almost done but will be hard to work on now :( What better way to pay tribute to his memory though than immortalizing him in pencil :)

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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby kennyc » Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:00 am

Sorry to hear that. Yes please finish, please immortalize him in pencil!
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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby Laurene » Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:39 pm

I'm sorry to hear that Krissy. It's always such a heartbreak to lose a pet. Your portrait will be treasured that much more now.
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Re: Jimi - Work in progress

Postby Rob Bristow » Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:38 pm

Oh bless you all, but you have managed to capture him beautifully

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Re: Jimi - Finished

Postby KrissyNZ » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:56 am

Rest in peace beautiful lad, we loved you more than anything. You've left a hole in our lives that cannot be filled. Go well into the night and know we will never forget you.

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