This is part of a bigger illustration but I really love it the way it is right now, so thought I should scan it and put it up here before working on it further. Am I the only one that lives in fear of accidentally pouring a cup of tea over something just as I’m finishing it? It’s graphite and shows swallows, roses and the Queen of England’s crown – might add a teapot or cricket bat or something else random but British.
Some animals suit crowns better than others and horses certainly possess the poise necessary to carry a crown off. The horse certainly looks like they would be capable of wearing a crown all day. This illustration is one of a series of 12 of all the Chinese horoscope animals, all illustrated in a combination of graphite and acrylic.
Humans are difficult to draw. That is why I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture their likeness, but it’s difficult to do a portrait justice if you genuinely don’t warm to the person. This is thankfully rare, but a recent commission of Donald Trump wasn’t the easiest. I don’t know the man and I’m not a citizen of the USA, but I didn’t like doing it one bit. I wonder if this showed in the final illustration?
I do not have this problem with pets! All animals, even the incredibly ugly ones: they all have their own unique charm, and even though I am not even an acquaintance of this greyhound, I believe if anyone (human or animal) can wear only socks and a collar and still look elegant, well, they deserve my upmost respect! And Dachshunds look elegant too, even if they aren’t wearing a stitch!