Cats and Dogs
I would like to give a shout out to Discount Printing in Hanceville for supplying my larger scans. I steered away from trying to do large chalk works due to our smaller at-home scanner. After trying Office Max, thinking it was our only option, and their scanner was down, my husband reminded me of some family ties in the printing world. Now I can go big, scan local, and then go home.
This first chalk was my first attempt at a wolf for a commission, and I was not happy with the results. I made a mistake while measuring the border and instead of an 8 inch by 10 inch, I ended up with a 10 inch by 13 inch. I was not thrilled with myself. So I promised I would make a new artwork, with correct dimensions, at no charge. That would be the second picture. I opted out for a background, focusing on the wolf and giving more detail to the face rather than the body and surroundings. I am still not completely thrilled, but I believe it is a step in the right direction.
The next picture is a reference photo I used from Wet Canvas, and yes, it is one chubby kitty! I just want to play with its little belly rolls! Sorry, let’s get back on track. One thing I found while doing this picture is that after a while, you need to step away. Sometimes I get so immersed in a larger picture I forget to look at the entire image, not focus on small spaces within the image. Another thing I found helpful is taking a photo and looking at the image through “another’s eyes.” This will make me sound horrible, but the only other eyes I trust to be truly honest are the ones found in the lens of a cold metal camera, then back through my own eyes. I have trust issues and that is not relevant to this article.
“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”
― LeBron James,
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