Custom Basset Hound portrait

Hunk the Basset Hound custom hand drawn portrait - featured

"Hunk" 8x10 colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache on watercolor paper I had a few projects come up toward the end of the summer that kept be really busy with non-landscape painting — including this custom portrait drawing of Hunk the Basset Hound. I fell head-over-heels for Hunk! The way his mom described his personality as… Continue reading Custom Basset Hound portrait

Lost edge study in fusing middle values #2

Exploring areas of same value/different hueFor the second study in fusing middle values I wanted to use the same color palette, but switch from a cool background to a warm one. In her video lesson, Dianne uses a grey squirrel for the demo and it was so cute that I wanted to try it myself.… Continue reading Lost edge study in fusing middle values #2

Lost edge study in fusing middle values

Lost edges in the middle values Now that I'm seeing this study, which is an exploration of lost edges in middle values, I feel like my studies with light values (apples and pears) could use another look. For this little bird, I used my value finder tool to double check that the negative shape is… Continue reading Lost edge study in fusing middle values

Gouache sketch of a French Bulldog

I'm still not in love with this grey toned sketchbook, but it's pretty good for gouache. It seems to help me get a full value range with the opaque media. But I don't really like it for sketching with pencil because it's too hard to see the lines. The paper is also quite smooth, and… Continue reading Gouache sketch of a French Bulldog

Sketchbook portraits of cute dogs in gouache and acrylic

As a big believer in the power of daily sketchbook exploration, I'm doing a mini-challenge of painting dogs in a variety of media. Partially to get better at drawing and painting dogs, but also as a vehicle for playing with different materials.Four small dog portrait sketches in acrylic (upper left) and gouache (the other three)This… Continue reading Sketchbook portraits of cute dogs in gouache and acrylic