Wednesday, 7 October 2009

07/10: SPARKY FINISHED (I HOPE)

I toned down some of the white hairs round Sparky's muzzle and finished his body. Ordinarily I wouldn't have included this much body in a portrait but I wanted to show Sparky coming right out of the mount in the bottom right corner. I thought it would work better than my usual 'head/neck/shoulders' isolated portrait. I'm still waiting for feedback from the client before finally 'fixing' the pastel but in the meantime I've just started on the next commission - a white Saluki. It took me an hour to decide which paper I was going to use for this one. I'd love to work on Fisher 400 but the colour just won't work without painting in a background - which I'm reluctant to do. So, believe it or not, I've opted for Pastelmat again!! I know this portrait is going to be a real challenge - all that beautiful flowing silky hair ....


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm the client for Sparky's portrait. Consider this well and truly finished :) This really brings him alive and adds an element of warmth that seems to be lacking in a photograph. I'm thrilled, thanks Sue.

sue said...

Hi Mandy (??) ooops!!!
This has taught me a lesson ... I thought only a few 'fellow artists' followed my blog. I'll be more careful in future .. don't what to let too many 'cats out of the bag' with Xmas looming.
The portrait will be with you Monday. Hope B-I-L is pleased with it. Many thanks again. Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am Sparky's 'Dad'. I've just unwrapped this unbelievable portrait. I am thrilled with the detail - it has totally captured the essence of my 'best friend' and will get pride of place in my home in order that everyone can share in this real work of art.
Thanks Sue (and M&K).

sue said...

I'm so pleased you like the portrait. Sparky looks such a wonderful character, he kept me smiling all the time I was working on his portrait.
Cheers
Sue