Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Some Dogs are Sketchy

Art has been a passion of mine for more than eleven years of my life, and as time progressed, so did my skills. I went from a simple pencil doodle of a unicorn to being able to draw massive artworks on Photoshop. Development came slowly with my skills in art, for I did not take any classes, nor learn from anyone who already was magnificent in the way of the paintbrush. I had to learn from simply staring at the item I was attempting to draw, whether it was physically in front of me, or on the computer screen. Time and patience was required in this hobby of mine, and it was very hard to handle that at the age of ten, always wanting to move, run, jump, chase lizards and what have you. But determination permitted me to stick with it, and I am very glad that I did, because now, eleven years later, I am a magnificent digital artist.

Along with my passion for art, I had a deep love for canines of all kinds; mainly wolves. They fascinated me greatly with their poise, their gracefulness, their pure and simple beauty. They were the first canine I had ever drawn, and let me tell you, it was not easy. My canine art began to expand further, from long nosed German Shepherds to short legged Chihuahuas. It wasn’t until I got my first dog, a miniature Rat Terrier, that I began to learn the proper anatomy of dogs. Even more so, I learned that not every dog has the same anatomy! German Shepherds had long legs, but their spine went down at an angle, while a Corgi had short, stumpy legs, and a big head.  It was something I was not personally used to as a brand new artist, so I must admit my canines looked a bit…off, when I drew them. 

However, my luck with canines changed almost immediately and drastically over a year ago, when I began working at University of Doglando. Everywhere I turned; there were all different shapes, sizes, ages, and breeds of dogs. Even more so, the same breeds all had their own differences, with some Boxers having more of an under bite than others, some Golden Retrievers having longer fur, and so on. It was such a wonderful thing for me, considering dog art was becoming my biggest passion, to have all of these different breeds around me. I learned their skeletal structure, their movements in the muscles, and how they used their bodies simply from watching, which increased my knowledge by far with the canine. Because of this, I am able to do so much more with the art I produce. I have even sold a few here at Doglando. My hope is to one day be good enough to sell them on a wide scale, but until then, I will continue to draw dogs, and wolves, for my own enjoyment!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jen, you already have the one thing you cannot learn from lessons, and that is the ability to show personality. Even your simplest sketches have presence and character. Your dogs are clearly alive and full of their own spirits. Keep going!-- Lynn (Suka agrees)