I have had a lot of fun doing doggy portraits of late. With Christmas approaching, I have had commissions to draw friends and neighbour's dogs and even a commission via Facebook from wildest Devon.  I love dogs and I have enjoyed the medium of coloured pencils.

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I started off using Inktense pencils, which are nice and creamy, with a strong colour and mix readily on paper, when cross-hatched.  They are water-soluable though, which is great if you want to use them as paint, or in mixed media, but not so great, when you want to use them dry. There is always the danger of a bit of water dripping, or spilling onto the picture and then it gets a bit like that Cadbury's Flake advert, with the rain falling on a painting of a poppy field - with a beautiful girl as the artist, of course. So I have switched to Coloursoft from Derwent and they are lovely.

Commissions are always a joy, because you don't have to think too much.  There are no blank canvasses screaming at you to create something new and startling, just a mechanical rendering of a subject, which has been chosen for you.  It's repetitive, but quite relaxing, in a mindful, or perhaps mindless sort of way.  Ah well, back to the screaming canvasses......

Hope you like the pics - commisions always welcome.    


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