Friday fox

Foxes are probably one of the most recognisable animals, with their black and white markings on a striking orange coat.

They are known for being cunning and sly, hence this guy’s cheeky expression.

I left most of the rough pencil sketch on show, adding colour on the level below and details on the very top.

Lately I have been experimenting with shading, I like it to be minimal yet still give a design depth.

I think I’m getting the hang of it now but I am always learning as I go!

Hannah

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1st Pet Portrait of 2015

Hello, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
I’m so excited to finally share this, I was asked not to post it online until after Christmas as it was a surprise gift. Now that I know the owner has seen it, you can too:
Finished portrait
Framed A5 print

 

Original photograph
This portrait was a delight to work on, even though a recent, high quality reference image was not available as this was to be a memorial. I chose a digital medium so as to pick out lots of fine details and it was requested that I made it look as though coloured pencils had been used to complete the portrait – I do love a challenge!
Don’t forget, if you would like a special portrait for yourself or as a special gift, commissions are always welcome. You can contact me via email (hannah@espyart.com) and find out more information on my website (espyart.com)
Thanks ever so much for reading my blog, I hope to be posting here more regularly from now on.
Take care
x

Peace and quiet

As my life is pretty hectic at the moment, I enjoyed drawing this moment of silence and serenity.
This design is based on my lurcher, such a lazy girl but I love her ^_^
Here she has stopped to take in the fresh air and sunshine, before sprinting off again to explore.
As you can see, I tweaked the idea a little to give the image a more relaxed feel.
I love that this could be a still from an animation – with this style I imagine it would be a lovely film to work on….
Hannah

Puppy love

Look who’s back!
I felt bad for the lack of art, so I made a brand new background for the blog, neat huh?
You may notice this matches my website too, now everything ties in nicely.
Anyway, enough about that, you’re here to see more new designs so I shall provide:
This pup is loosely based on a four-legged family member from the past,
who has always inspired me.
The design symbolises all ‘bully’ breeds, and their loving nature.
I am a big supporter of these dogs, finding them to be the most loyal
and affectionate friends you could ever hope to meet
I remember doodling the quick line drawing, and being excited
 to develop it into something lovely.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out, soft and gentle, just like the breed.
Hoping to do more in support of these dogs with my art, so stay tuned!
Hannah

Kitty!

I like drawing cats, usually tall and skinny or short and plump.
This particular kitty has a hint of ‘Snowbell’ (Stuart Little) and ‘Salem’ (Sabrina). It seems I am heavily influenced by childhood memories of TV and film. Or it might be because I still watch the same things now!
As you can see, the eyes changed from my original design, mostly as I still struggle with overly cartoonish features -I blame years of working on ‘real’ animal portraits…
Hannah

Lost and found

As with most of my work, I start with nothing and gradually build up an idea.
This is no exception, I began with a white square on the screen and a brown,
charcoal-effect brush tip selected
After scrubbing out a background, I let my pen flow until this gangly hound took shape.
He is out wandering in the misty city, when a kind voice calls from up ahead.
A soft light falls across him as the stranger approaches, torch held out to guide them through the fog.
The story of these characters is as yet unwritten, perhaps they will go on an epic adventure?
Or just maybe, a cozy fire and a hearty meal awaits them…
Hannah

Flower girl

I’ve been going back to some older drawings that I have scanned in over the years, to give them a makeover.
These kind of designs can be tweaked and added to many times as my style develops.
As soon as I drew this girl, a colour scheme sprang to mind – pastel lilacs, blues and pinks.
She loves flowers, daisies in particular, as you can tell from her skirt and accessories.
I draw people from time to time, with no strict style in mind, although animals are much cuter to work on!
My art is inspired by gothic Tim Burton type films, gentle Disney animation and any other designs that take my fancy, often animated shorts.

 

Hannah