As an artist I never know what kind of work will catch on – especially with the power of social media. All it takes is the right page to share your work and you’re swamped! I’ve been carving pencils all year and one of the sub-categories I’ve added recently is ‘Pet Portraits‘ in Pencil lead.
Carving a pencil lead is tough to begin with, but trying to match a certain breed of dog and then try to capture that particular dog’s own personality in a piece of graphite that is 3/16″ of an inch wide.Not that I’m complaining – anyone who knows me, knows I love a challenge!
Here’s a look at one of subjects, “Boomer”:
I like to get as good a reference as I can before I start, and some photos are better than others. Getting the detail I need from a photo can be a tough – but like I said, I like a challenge!
Here’s another reference photo, this time of “Buster” :