I've been given permission to paint this stunning Borzoi. I met him at a dog show over a year ago and took some photographs. His owner then sent me some better ones that show his beautiful coat blowing about. The photograph I'm working from shows much more character than the ones I took at the show. I'm working in coloured pencil and watercolour on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and the size is about 14 x 10 inches.
My step-by-step guide is now available, I will be adding a buy it now button on the sidebar and it will be available from my website. The booklet consists of 16 A5 pages (approx 5.75 x 8.25 inches) printed on a heavy bright white printer paper. For the colours used I have included a pencil comparison chart for Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. I have not always found an exact colour match but have suggested a similar colour. Anyone who purchases the guide can email me for help if they get stuck. I will also be offering prints of Poppy at a reduced price for anyone buying the guide. The cost of the booklet will be £5.00 plus £1.50 post and packing.
I'm ready to start drawing my next subject. I'm thinking it will be a tri colour Rough Collie dog. That will include canine features and black, tan and white long hair so will be quite different to the tabby cat.
I'm trying out various custom settings with my camera in the hope that I get more successful shots than disasters. This male house sparrow has been very obliging in posing for me more or less constantly. He and his mate have a nest in the beech hedge just outside my window and he acts as guard for minutes at a time. I have everything crossed that the local cats don't destroy the nest.
Regular readers will also notice I've given my blog a make over. The current trend seems to be for white backgrounds with no borders so I decided to give it a go.
Here's a sneak peak of a page from my forthcoming step-by-step. I'm drawing Poppy the cat using Polychromos pencils but I will supply a list of Prismacolor pencil colours that can be used instead for people who prefer to use that brand.