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:
|Framed A5 print
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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.
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….
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!
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…
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…
I like to scan my pencil scribblings, then I can work over the top without losing the ‘charm’ of my original sketch.
I then go over the outlines to make them clearer, before playing around with colours.
What started life as a very small doodle, has evolved into the cat you see below!
I think I had Pokemon on the brain when I first doodled this feline, especially Pikachu’s
stripes and big tail, mixed in with a little Garfield influence too.
My dog is quite the poser, which is handy as I love to take photos of my handsome boy.
You can see how this sketch built up, starting with a pale study and moving through darker shades until I had picked out his features nicely.
This really is a quick study, I used a photo for reference but didn’t let myself
get too bogged down in the little details.
It was his playful character I aimed to capture, with bold scratchy lines and a splash of red.
Oh and in case you were curious, I don’t know what breed he is either!
He’s a lovely mix up, and his funny little habits are just adorable.
I expect you’ll be seeing much more of him in the future 🙂