A recent commission of a beautiful cat had me stepping out of my comfort zone, which is always good if a little daunting.
I love how this puddy cat turned out. One of my first commissions of the lock down and as it was a gift I couldn’t share it right away.
Here are a few photos of how it came together, starting with a pencil sketch drawn from a photo, which was emailed to me.
I find portraits quite hard as I think everyone sees their loved ones slightly differently to everyone else, and matching that can be a little tricky. It is always such a relief when a client is pleased!
Once I was happy with my drawing I inked over and rubbed out the pencil marks, before adding a touch of watercolour to pick out the fur.
Finally I added the purple which was a bit of a gamble for me but he needed something to lie on and I like the contrast in the finished piece.
If you would like an original drawing of your pet drop me a line and I’ll send you price details and a few examples. Cheers, Mark ES
This week I visited the current exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh.
‘Photography: A Victorian Sensation’ runs until November 22 and chronicles the birth of photography, from early shadows on a copper plate with the pioneering inventors, Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot through the hugely popular stereoscopic photography to self developing your own film in a dark room like I was taught at college. Which of course now has been succeeded by the instant and simple digital photography we all use today.
Indeed many of you may not remember having to put your spent film in at the chemist and waiting a day or two for your photographs to be developed. I am thankful for the ease of taking a photo now and having it instantly available to share on line or use for work, but I also remember the excitement of picking up photos with my mum and looking through, reliving the event a week later!
The exhibition runs until November 22nd and is well worth and hour or two to see the wonderful portraits taken not that long ago, when photography was scene as magical, amazing and life changing.
My two sketches were drawn in black ink at the exhibition and then coloured later with a water colour wash.
A commission here for a client wanting to send a portrait back home to Canada. The boys are cousins and have strong Scottish roots, hense the Scottish elements in the image. Edinburgh Castle, the Cuilin Hills, a Highland cow and some heather all add up to give this portrait a definite Scottish twist.
At the time a drew the sketch I posted a close up, HERE it is.
What a day, I can’t wait to get back outside in the sunshine. Just a quick post to show you this recent commission. I have included a couple of close ups below so you can see the detail that goes into my commissions.
An A4 illustration like this one costs £65 mono and £78 in colour. If you are interested in ordering an EdinburghSketcher original then please get in touch HERE to talk it over.
The illustration is in black ink and then I picked out a few prominent colours with watercolour paint.
This relatively new cafe between the Shore and Newhaven is fast growing a reputation for great home baking, and now has the added appeal of being the latest place to show (and sell) EdinburghSketcher prints.
The sketch is of Natalie, the owner. Say hello and be sure to head down there early to grab the comfy chairs by the fire!
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