Every Day in May: Day 8 – Pug ATC

2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil
2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil

After doing a number of sketches last week I finished my friend Robin’s card.   She supplied me with a few pictures of her pug and put this together.  Here are a few sketches I mentioned in another post:

2.5" x 3.5" graphite pencil
2.5" x 3.5" graphite pencil

My main focus was on the eyes and capturing the guilty expression the dog had.   I showed her a scan of it and she thought it was cute.

Every Day in May – Day 4 – Another Pug Sketch

graphite pencil
graphite pencil

I’m still doing sketches for an artist trading card for a friend of mine.   I’m working on getting just the right expression.   I’m not really a dog person, but the more I study the reference photos I was given, the more I appreciate this dog.  He’s awfully cute.  Perhaps that’s why I always spend a lot of time making sketches for cards before I do final drawings and coloring or paint.  I feel like I get some sort of connection with the subject before I let it go.  It could just be something like really loving a line under a nose, or the way a curve indents when you think it shouldn’t.

Drawing is ultimately about paying attention and being present.  When I am walking around throughout the day, I have a tendancy to rush about and only take a cursory look at things.  I notice just what I need to notice and move on.  Maybe that’s why I can be so compulsive about drawing.  It’s practically the only time I pay real attention to things and ultimately find so much appreciation for them.   Drawing grounds me like nothing else.