Madison and Maverick
[Mixed Media - Graphite / Charcoal on Canson Illustration paper]
In regards to art, I have spent most of my limited amount of time working in a 4x6 sketchbook with a 5mil Pentel mechanical pencil. I did get a lot of nice character sketches and ideas down and I believe I improved in my pencil work. The highlight of those I will post shortly, but for now above is a rendering of my niece and her horse. She found out that I was working on it for her Christmas present so I had no choice but to complete it on time. With my wife's patience I was able to spend the day before Christmas Eve creating this picture, while she slaved at baking and cooking for Christmas.
I approached this starting digitally. I was given a photo for reference and then used Photoshop to workout the composition and frame size. Once those decisions were made, I used a grid to work out the proportions especially in the hands, the faces and eyes. I don't normally use grids, but since I was under the gun and didn't take the time to do preliminary sketches to get familiar with the subjects (which is actually very fun and relaxing) I had to use the available resources to obtain a desirable result.
This was the first portrait that I did all year. I framed it in an 11x14 with a 8x10 cream colored matte to enhance the tone of the pencils. She loved it and I hope that you enjoy as well.