Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baby Otter 6

Between filling in for vacations at work, tractor pulls, and gardening, I find that summer is quickly slipping by...  *sigh*  My mind gets preoccupied with all the new things happening in life, and the beloved drawing board and pencils sit patiently waiting in the studio.  As always, my stress levels start to climb due to the shift away from my artistic outlets, and I begin to fret over the small details in life... a miserable feeling trust me.  :(   I am now finally able to recognize the warning signs, so this last week saw a long awaited return to the little otter.  It is amazing how a mechanical pencil and a piece of Bristol board can improve my attitude and my outlook on life.  Art has always been a big part of my past in some shape or form and will be a huge part of my future... It is the one constant in this crazy thing called life where I feel that I belong... :)

Onward to the update...  The one hand is finished, and the face of this little critter is starting to take shape.  The areas being worked on are staying squared off.  With such tiny details in the fur, it is better to keep close to the grid in these tightly detailed spaces.  I brought in a touch of 6b wood cased pencil for a few of the deep shadows.  The edge of his hair on the background needs to be sculpted in and blended-- It is a little sketchy right now.  The hand is bouncing to the front nicely in the composition with the addition of the otter.  I look forward to finishing up the fur and getting the shading balanced.  :)    

2 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

I love what you said about your stress level instantly going down when you picked up the pencil. I know the feeling very well. When I was teaching, I found myself walking around all day with a pen or pencil in my hand, just because it made me feel more in control of everything. Your otter is looking so good! And the hand is amazing! Very nicely done!

Brenda said...

Thank you so much Katherine... My day job is such a contrast to my life of art. It was a concious choice to not overlap the two. I am going to borrow your idea and bring my mechanical pencil to work... a simple reminder to keep me grounded and confident in myself. :)