Today I thought I would go back to a drawing I did just prior to going to TAFE for my year of Fine Arts training and finish it.
It was an interesting experience to revisit a drawing that I had enjoyed working on and then put aside to concentrate on all the projects assigned to us at TAFE. I realised just how much I learnt last year and how much better my observational skills are now after the constant work I did last year.
This is the drawing as I left it in January last year. I still had quite a bit of work to do to it to finish it off.
This is the drawing at the end of today, where I am going to leave it as I can see so many things that need to be adjusted in the drawing, which would mean brushing out a lot of pastel. So it would be a lot easier to start from scratch. There is only so much pastel I’m willing to waste, and if I do any more to this, I think I’ll end up having to brush some out again or the tooth of the paper will be too full to hold the pastel.
(This photo is not the best for colour as it was taken at night – the dog is darker than this shows).
This is the reference photo. I took this at a dog show a few years back. He was a really handsome dog but hard to get a really good photo of – this was the best I could do with crowds of people around.
Looking at the reference and the drawing, I can see that his head is too narrow, nose too small, jaw not the right shape, the lower edge of his mouth is narrow and out of shape. I can spot more, but that’s enough for now.
The green background was the wrong colour for the dog, so I tried to adjust it and ended up with mud – it would definitely have to be brushed out (I forgot my bristle brush today which is why I attempted to change the background without removing the other colour first – I knew there was a possibility of mud, and that’s what I ended up with).
So whilst it was a bit disappointing not to finish this, it was a good learning experience and it showed me just how much valuable experience I gained in my year at TAFE, and most importantly I learnt when to put something aside and accept that it is better to move on rather than over work it.