imkirkwood artist

I create visual narratives with my fine art drawings and computer prints


Loss and gain:Rice the dog as subject

Posted by iris m. kirkwood on May 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

          Last summer our puppy Dot was hit by a car and died. It was a terrible time and I couldn't bring myself to talk about it. She was frisky and loved to play.Wow it's hard even now to type about what happened to her.  

          In November we got another puppy, Rice. Both dogs pit bulls, both blonde and beautiful, and with totally different personalities. The only other thing they have in common is that both almost never bark.

         Rice is male and extremely attractive and like the stereotypical blonde-not that bright-but very loving. I have started photographing him with the object of doing a drawing series using my new drawing program called Artrage. This program has the ability to perfectly mimic the textural qualities of pastel and oil painting! This is exactly what I want my drawings to look like. I took one of my old sketches to practice on:

 All of the textures that are in this drawing are not evident here on the web screen. I also love that when you use the palate knife and drag one color it will allow some of the different color underneath to be exposed. I'm really liking this program and this is not a commercial. The following are sketches that I have done of Rice so far. I want to get the character of my dog in the drawings as well as a physical likeness. That character has to do with a nuance of muscle movement and the eyes.

 And here is a photo of Rice.........

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