Monday, November 29, 2010

Drawing a Bulldog FINISHED

Here is where I was 2 days ago, and this is how I drew in the back of the couch. Had I done the whole drawing left to right, the drawing would not have needed to be rotated 90 degrees. I actually like drawing this way. It trains my eyes to see small areas and shapes instead of the whole picture. The surprise comes when I turn it back, and the whole picture comes together.

 Well, here he is finished. There might be some tweaking in the next couple of days, but I am very happy with how this one turned out. I hope his owner will be also. It's funny. I thought that it would be hard to give a drawing away, but as with the dog in the photo, it felt as if this work was never mine to begin with. I will miss him though. This was a very relaxing piece to work on. It was the first piece that I felt great confidence in to translate to graphite. Okay, okay, honestly... if the owner didn't want this piece, I would frame it for my own house! Look at that face... how could you not fall in love?? ;)

So now what is next? Well, the first thing is to decide on how to sign my artwork. None of my graphite work has ever left the house, so I have never signed any of them. This has been on my mind since the first drawing. I am very determined that my work be the total focal point, and a long signature would be too distracting. My thoughts have turned to using my initials BLNS in a jumbled format. I have the next few days to decide. Oh... and I guess I had better pick out another subject to draw too!


Laure Ferlita said...

LOVE how this turned out! What a face!

Sign the work, Brenda, sign it! Your work is too GOOD not to show your signature loud and proud! It can be placed discreetly (like under that shadow on the couch on the right side, but please sign it!

Another thought....I'd add my copyright line (even in the digital piece on the blog through the center of interest...why? because someone could crop the image above and still have a usable image!

Brenda said...

Thanks Laure... I find so much stress in the idea of a signature. I don't know why. My hubby is taking your side. I've got to do some practice tries. My signature leaves a lot to be desired!

Thanks for the info! I have seen the watermarks on your site but do not have that program. I did go into my host site, after reading your advice, and found out that there is a program that I can use through them. I went in and altered my finished work. It shows up in the clicked on version. If you had not mentioned it, I never would have looked. Now I can stop using the ugly dark writing... Yay! Thanks so much!!

Laure Ferlita said...

Yay is right!!! Sad to say there is simply too much piracy in this modern times and computers make it all too easy. Better safe than sorry!

Now, practice that signature! One thing that helps me is to slow down when I write mine. Generally we scribble because we're writing so fast, but if I slow down, it's not so bad. Give a try!

Brenda said...

I am so happy that I can mark my work a new way! It never would have come to light without your push. Thanks again!

I'll try practicing my signature slower. Such a stupid thing to be stuck on! I wish I had put more effort into this speed bump months ago. But maybe the less amount of time means less procrastination!

Carol said...

Wow, Brenda... drawn like a pro. I love it:) Yes, do put your signature on your art as it is a part of your art too. Beautiful:)

Brenda said...

Thank you so much Carol! I really appreciate your opinion and thanks for stopping by!!