Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I started this illustration as I usually do, with a sketch. As I sketched, I found myself spending so much time working on the trees and the forest that I began to worry that I might not be able to do them justice when it came time to painting them. That's when I decided to do the whole thing in black and white as a digital pencil drawing. I rarely work in black and white, so I thought of this as a challenge. I spent a lot of time trying to get the boy and the dog right. I drew at least three different heads and countless expressions for the boy until I finally came up with one that I was satisfied with. For the dog, I originally had made up something out of my head but there was something that just didn't seem quite right about the pose. Finally, after reworking it over and over, and still not being satisfied, I decided to reference a photo of my dog Lucy who died three years ago. She was part Australian Shepherd and loved to run into our nearby forest. It became much easier when I found a photo of her with a pose similar to what I was aiming for. So this is my tribute to Lucy and the many times I chased after her into the woods.
I tried to convey a sense of mystery in this drawing and some dramatic tension, I hope I succeeded.