I hadn't realised its Le Mans weekend. For those who don't follow motorsports (me) Le Mans in the Pays de la Loire region of France has hosted the famous race since 1923. It is a 24 hours endurance race for Sports Cars
I am not a 'car' person, considering them a necessary evil but even I enjoyed looking at some of the fabulous cars which joined us on the crossing. Seems lots of boys were taking their 'toys' to Le Mans and we saw vintage Jags, Porsches etc. Parked right next to us on the Ferry was a modern car which attracted a lot of attention from a crowd of men all enviously ogling it. I played it cool of course, doesn't do to let the 'show-off' know we noticed the vehicle LOL According to David it was a Mercedes SLS AMG which I believe would have set the owner back around £150,000+ (obscene isn't it)!!
On the art front I can show first stages of Scout, a lab/retriever who was commissioned by Reggie's owner in Singapore. You may remember Reggie was commissioned as a surprise gift. His owner loved the portrait and asked me to do this portrait of Scout as a gift for a friend of hers. Its to be a surprise and getting refs has been a problem as they have to be obtained secretly. I was shown a gorgeous ref of Scout as a puppy but she was sleeping so the photo didn't really show her face. Others were taken 'full on' which isn't the best angle to show off a dog's face (fun though it may be). So, although this reference was the best compromise - still a little 'full frontal' which makes the nose look large - but obviously this is Scout's personality showing through
Pastels on Fisher 400 sanded paper (my poor fingertips - 2 portraits on sanded paper on the drawing board right now).
As always, eyes drawn first as I can't bear looking at empty sockets LOL. I'm flitting all over the place with this one - I wanted to put the nose in place to make sure I had the proportions right before moving onto the fur detail ... then I fancied a change of colour so the tongue appeared ...
and fur detail gradually being built up.
I will be working on this portrait and the Springer Spaniel portrait next week. We have family visiting for the weekend so I'm not likely to get any work done on these for a couple of days
Have a great weekend