Sunday, February 8, 2009

Better Than I Expected!

This Little Piggy
By: Lori Talbert

I usually draw something, anything a few days per week to satisfy my creative urge. I don't have a lot of free time so the majority of my projects are small and something I can complete in one or two sittings. A lot of times they are simple and quick as the last OSWOA I created but sometimes you get pleasantly surprised when something turns out better than you expect.

When I get time I use the internet as one of my sources for ideas and reference photos. I use Morguefile a lot and look through the copyright free pics. When I see something I may want to use or is interesting, I save it to look at when I have more time. When I am ready to create I look through my references to see if anything appeals at that time.

When I saw a photo of a pig I knew it would be easy to sketch and possibly something to do for a quick, fun project. The pig in the reference pic was black and white and there was the edge of a wooden structure under it's head. I suppose it was a feed box, due to the pig's eager posture and food was coming at the time the photo was taken.

I pulled this photo out the other night for a quick, fun sketch, figuring I could complete it in less than two hours and satisfy my urge to draw. I quickly sketched the outline and then pulled out my colored pencils. I always start with the eye because if that doesn't work for me, nothing else will. Eye completed, nothing complicated there and then I started on the pig's ear. I felt large areas of black would not work so I changed to a deep brown color and I wanted to keep the underlying hint of pink skin showing through. Using the brown, pink and white I began to work. Something happened and I took as much time on the ear as I usually would on the entire drawing. I lay in my areas of color and use a colorless pencil as well as white for blending. I completed blending the ear and was surprised to see that it came out pretty nice. I put the drawing aside and completed it the day. I am very pleased with the results, it's always nice when something works better than you expect. It is an OSWOA 4x6, colored pencil on bristol board.


Laure Ferlita said...

He's too cute! He would make a darling valentine's card with his happy expression!

Doesn't it feel good to lose yourself in a piece of art and when you come out on the other side, you've got something you really like?!!

twincedar said...

Thanks for your kind comment! I hadn't thought of him for a valentine's card but you're right! Now to figure out my next project.

Teresa said...

What a perky little porker!

Great job, Lori!

twincedar said...

Thanks Teresa!

Tresses Art Blog said...

Now that is one sweet snout Lori!!! Well done...never though I would want to hug a porker before, but that's now changed!! LOL

twincedar said...

Thanks Teresa!

Teri C said...

Now here is a pig that looks like he is having fun. I wonder what he has been up to. Wonderful job on this and it sounds like you were having as much fun as the pig :)