Did I forget to mention that it takes me forever to sketch out a subject? For me, it’s a long process before I shade and blend. I draw free-hand and find that if I take my time during the first stage of sketching not only will I get an intimate feel for the subject, but I found it will make all the difference with the finished drawing.
So with that . . . looks like you’re seeing the same image as last week. It is the same subject, but only redrawn to 12×9 (the initial test-sketch was 7×5). The subject is a lightly drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper (smooth side). I see several areas to be worked on before next Thursday, so when Thursday rolls around I can spend the allotted 30-minutes only shading and blending. The image is light (sorry about that) but I needed to keep the lines light so I can erase them as I work the drawing. My tools will be graphite pencil, charcoal, torilliums, chamois, felt pad and kneaded eraser.
Why this subject? I wanted to show the gentle nature of a horse while illustrating compassion through touch, thus the title “Gentle Compassion.” In the end, I hope it evokes a positive emotional response. Lets see where it goes. . . below is my Thursday’s drawing. Next week I’ll begin to shade and blend.