Fontos registered name is 'Famous Fonto the First'.
He is a Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog and this is how I got to draw him....
My partners brother referred me to his friend 'Buddy' in the United States who had a Pyrenees. Buddy and his wife Ja Cee had sadly lost their Pyrenees boy called Fonto quite recently, and he asked if I would draw a memorial portrait of him. I said I would gladly draw him and he provided me with the sweetest photo of such a happy dog. After Buddy saw all my previous work he posted it everywhere and many of his friends got to see it and in two weeks I have received over 200 extra followers on my page. Was very nice of him and I was happy to share something that I enjoy, so very much. Fonto will also be sold as prints and all funds made from his prints will be going to the ever so deserving rescue group called "Grey Muzzle Rescue and Sanctuary (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grey-Muzzle-Rescue-Sanctuary/703617006376687?fref=ts), they are just soooo amazing and every penny sent to them is well deserved. I hope you check them out too, and see how great they are.
Name: "Famous Fonto the First"
Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Prismacolor and Polychromos Coloured Pencils and Solvent for blending.
Paper: White Arches Watercolor Paper 120gsm
See Fontos video and story in the Gallery tab.
See you guys soon.
Hi Everyone, here are the progress photos of Peanut the Toy Poodle. Look at the awesome photo I got of Peanuts' owner and the drawing. Peanut thinks his drawing look so 'delectable' haha. Not the easiest munchkin to draw but he came out okay regardless.
Today I finished drawing HONEY, one of my beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback girls and I AM SO SO HAPPY with the drawing, with the size, with absolutely everything. On the 15th of March, which is a few days from now she turns ONE :) Its crazy how fast they grow. Tomorrow I get to take the drawing to the wonderful Arts Edge Gallery for scanning, colour matching and framing. Then I'm going to enter this piece into the Wanneroo Visual Arts competition and hopefully they choose to exhibit her :) This is by far my favourite and she'll be available to buy in prints. Whoop whoop !!!
Hi Everyone, as promised on yesterdays blog here are two comparisons with the original next to the prints. They did Molly and Brutus (top) so well its difficult to see which one is the original. Honeys print (bottom) had the perfect colours but the darks were just a bit darker than the original but still looks awesome.
Hi Guys, some exciting news... I finally found a super awesome place that will do prints of my originals and the standard of work is beyond amazing. They are called Arts Edge Photo and Frame ( http://artsedge.com.au ). To give you and idea of how freaking awesome they are... I walked in there about two weeks ago with three of my originals (Boo, Molly & Brutus and the Lizard) as well as an USB drive with photos of Wendy (because she was already in her new home) and Honey. I told them I am pretty new to the whole fine art business and that I'd like to sell prints of my originals and would just like to know the overall process of it all. They took my originals and said that they can scan it and that they can colour match it so well, that it will look just like the original. They have a thing called strip testing, where they match the scan to the original as best they can. They then print the strip and compare it right next to the original until it is bang on! They showed me some strips of the lizard and of Boo-Radley and it cant get anymore correct then that. It is so rewarding to know that the prints of my work will look exactly the same as the original. I also took my first drawing of Honey along with the photo (on USB) I took of the drawing and they held the original next to the photo and it was COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! Not one of the colours in the photo matched the original and the photo was taken on a perfect day with an awesome camera. So so sooooo happy I found these guys. I should get some prints tomorrow and then I'll show you just how amazing they are. They also did an awesome job framing my drawing of the Papasidero Family (photo below). Cannot wait to get my new drawing of Honey (W.I.P below) finished and to the Arts Edge team to print! Just to add a little more on their awesomeness, they are such a fun quirky team and clearly love what they do, they are incredibly professional and will happily provide advice because they have a heap of knowledge about all aspects of the industry from art to photography to framing to 'everything'. They help me feel confident that I can make this little art business of mine work.
Introducing furry care bare Mr. Boo-Radley. He is a Bernese Mountain Dog and he literally is like a giant teddy bear with the most loving personality. His sister is Ms Wendy the St Bernard (you can see her a few blogs down from this one). This is the first time I've drawn so much fur and what makes it a little more difficult is the curls, but I just love how they formed and turned into a realistic look. Usually I always start with the eyes but in this drawing I did all the darkest shadows first. The best part of the video is when the eyes come to life and immediately the softness in Mr Boo's gorgeous personality stares back at you. The drawing time in this one is 8 hours. When adding all additional works such as camera set-up and lighting, as well as video converting and editing it was an approximate amount of 6-7 hours, making for a total of 14-15 hours of work. Producing the videos are a lot of work but what a pleasure it always is to watch them. You can see this video in the gallery of this website.
Time: 8 hrs (drawing time)
Medium: Prismacolor Premier Pencils along with Faber-Castells Polychromos Pencils, Arches Smooth Watercolor Paper 120gsm, Art Spectrum Odourless Solvent.
My next drawing is going to be a massive 420mm x 594mm (A2) drawing of my Ridgeback. Her name is Honey and this drawing is for the Wanneroo Visual Art Competition due in March but exhibiting in May.
Have a super week ahead and I'll see you back here next week :)