Well another journey has come to an end. Each drawing is like going on an adventure or taking a stroll in a familiar park. In this piece I got to use a bit of my imagination as well as tackle some new subjects like clouds and whales. First times are always a bit scary but it’s also an opportunity to learn. I’m more interested in marine animals now, so don’t be surprised if you see more of these beautiful creatures in my work. 😊
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in living and drawing that it slips my mind to let you lovely people see how things are progressing as I head towards the finish of the final piece. So here’s a brief update on the progress of my current commission. I’m really liking how the whale is turning out. This is my first time doing whales and I can’t help but think about the paintings I used to see of marine wildlife by Robert Wyland in the late 80s. If you’ve never seen his work and you like marine wildlife, you should check him out, his work is gorgeous. 😊
About a week and half ago I got a DM on Instagram from a fellow artist whose work I also admire. She was inquiring about commissions and wondering if I was open for requests. The summer months can get rather slow for me so I was definitely open. She informed me that she wanted to have something done for her mother as a belated birthday gift. So I asked what did her mother like and her response “Whales and flowers. Particularly hibiscus flowers and humpback whales.” Now, as I sit here typing this post, I can’t help but chuckle because at the time that I was having this discussion with her, I had one of those Dwayne Johnson raised eye brow looks on my face. I was not expecting such an unlikely combination of subject matter. She then asked me did I think I could come up with something. Oddly enough I had been wanting to do more work that would require a bit more imagination and here it was. “Yes, I think I can come up with something.” I replied. And so it was settled. We went over my commission formalities after which, I got to work and so far, what you see here is my base drawing for my current drawing, “Humpbacks and Hibiscus”. This a bit of a break from the more straight forward nature pieces that I’m used to and I have to say, I’m rather excited about it. 😁
Well, I’m getting started with the inking on my latest drawing. Over the weekend I worked out all the details and got it drawn out so now it’s just the long journey of hours on stippling it. I’m debating on whether or not to keep the rays of light in the background or just have a glow around the dove’s head. So there may be some changes in the future…or not.
Anyhoo I’m nervous and excited to see how this turns out since I’ve been thinking about doing this piece for about two months now. Wish me luck for a beautiful finish. 🙏😀
This piece turned out rather nice. Thank you to everyone for title suggestions. I felt “Maya” was fitting as soon as it was suggested, thank you ccbarr for that suggestion. 😁
Next on my drawing board is…well, actually I have no idea. I’m leaning towards doing something with birds, again. I like things with wings and birds are nothing favorite. I haven’t decided on exactly what but that’s the direction that I’m heading in.