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Pet Portrait: French Bulldog

For my brother & sister-in-law’s wedding, I decided to draw a portrait of their beloved Frenchie, Snark. He is freaking adorable. So fun to draw. I pulled a picture of him off Facebook and decided to make it a surprise. I was super nervous because this was the first drawing I have ever given as a gift and since it was so personal, I wanted to make sure I captured him perfectly. I did a lot of second guessing, but overall I am happy with the way it turned out and turns out, they are too!

I used HB-6B and it took me about 2 hours.

Pet Portrait: French Bulldog

Pet Portrait: French Bulldog

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New Sketch “He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands”

Long time since an update! Hope people are still sticking around! I have some new pieces but have been slacking on the website!.

This is a piece I did in July. It is the largest drawing I have ever done on a 16 X 24 piece of paper and done mainly with 2B-6B pencils. I honestly can’t even remember how many hours this took, but it took a long time. I paid very close attention to detail and wanted to make sure it was perfect. In the areas with the most detail I would spend up to 1 hour on a square inch of detail. I was very nervous to draw the “world” and I contemplated leaving it blank and jokingly made a statement that if the whole world thing didn’t turn out, it could just be a white ball & end up a picture of someone playing beer pong. 😉

Anyways! Hope you enjoy, I have some prints available to purchase and am also selling a downloadable PDF as well. Just drop a comment! As always, I appreciate all feedback, constructive & otherwise.

"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"

“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”

Custom Order: Baby Feet

Baby Alivia's Baby Feet

Baby Alivia’s Baby Feet

My first custom order. I was very nervous about this one! Lot of foreshortened perspective and detail in the feet wrinkles and blanket. However, it was so much fun and I (and the client) are happy with the way it turned out! I’ve had a lot of interest in custom orders, so if you are interested in a custom order please send your information and picture to:

kaylasdrawings@gmail.com

Ballerina

Over a month. Yikes!

I really haven’t had a lot of time to draw, but found some time in the past week to start and complete this pic:

Ballerina

TIME: 5ish hours

MATERIALSS: 2H, HB, 6B, Kneaded Eraser

This was one of those pictures that you kind of dread starting because you aren’t really sure how you are going to go about doing it. I knew it would be cool/fun/challenging to do, and I really liked the picture of the dancer. Plus right now, I’m really liking the composition of drawing people, but without the face. I thought drawing a dancer or ballerina would fit into that category. I’m completely happy with the way it turned out. I won’t say its my best work, but it was fun and I appreciated the challenge.

The contrasts in the image were so dramatic, and I loved how obvious the light source was. Light source is so essential when drawing (or painting) and is something I’m always looking to improve. Sometimes it can be hard to identify, but in this case it wasn’t, and drawing the reflections & shadows was so beneficial to my “drawing experience”.

Plus I got to work with negative spaces and use the backdrop as a way to identify the dancer/ballerina so that was a new twist to my drawing I enjoyed 🙂

Hopefully it won’t be another month before my next drawing, but I make no promises. I do have 2 young kids.. time (and solitude) are rare resources around my house 😀

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