Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Demo

Recently, I gave a demo to an art league on how to draw pet portraits using colored pencil. I'm not used to drawing in front of an audience, especially other artists, while keeping up a running commentary. In addition, I had to actually produce something attractive and informative in a short time! It was easier than I thought it would be, and I hope the 20 or so attendees took something away from the experience. I drew (pun, get it?) on my lessons from long ago on how to produce a three-dimensional effect using form, shadow, overlapping lines, etc. I stressed the importance of knowing the correct anatomy of the subject, while constantly reminding oneself to keep superficial details secondary to the overall form. I'd like the opportunity to try this again. Now, however, I'm stuck with a partially-drawn portrait of Charger.

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