|For Short: Tony Tulips, 8 x 6, Graphite, TMDD Series Sketch*|
Our beloved Black Labrador remembered with guilt--I didn't walk him enough, I was too quick to have him put to sleep; the cancer in his muzzle wasn't that advanced.--all the stuff we whip ourselves with when we've lost a loved one came to the surface this morning roughing in his image quickly before my Sun Torch went off. I adored this giant lab who weighed 110 pounds, stood eye to eye, nose to nose, when he rested his paws on my shoulders and could jump a five foot fence to go visit the pretty Scotch Terrier next block over.
Sketching him from a lucky shot I took years ago where the lighting was accidentally right enough to show his form through that thick black coat, I thought, fifteen minutes into the session, a better rendering might be gotten with the subtractive drawing method where by highlights are carved out first on a ground completely and evenly covered with graphite, or charcoal. The knead would be the main drawing tool then darks laid in with graphite or vine stick. Charcoal would be the most suitable; layered on thick, no sheen develops.
* A sketch takes minutes; it's a quick study. A drawing can take days, weeks, months pending the degree of articulation desired.