Horned sheep

Another profile! Another challenge to get the personality across with only one eye to work with and when it comes to sheep there is also a somewhat stern nose to contend with too.

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This was him after the first session. I was happy with the eye but not the horn or nose.

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Then it all got too heavy and contrasting (too much white charcoal). Time to strip back and simplify. 

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Subsequent sessions later…… 

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I spent a lot of time on the fine details of horns and curls to bring character and texture to him. In the end I was really pleased but I learnt that

a sheep nose is niether straight forward….nor straight! 

 

Pre-Shrunk glory

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Now this has been a fun project. Drawing 4×5 inch pieces for the Pre-shrunk show at Argyle Gallery in Halifax.

These pieces will be hard to see go as I’ve become quite attached to their little faces and it’s such a pleasure to work on them and see speedy results.

They will be available as limited addition prints so they aren’t leaving my life completely.

I chose metallic gold for the sides of the blocks.

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When I put them all together they are almost like an interactive art installation. 

Love them!

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The mysterious Ram

It all starts with a blank piece of paper and a head full of ideas!

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The eyes come first and everything bleeds out from there.

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Almost every piece gets to that horrible point where I think I’ve lost it,

that it’s all been a waste of time.

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Then as if by magic it starts turning around and I don’t quite know how I got there?

The whole thing is a bit of a mystery and it remains a mystery.

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The Wild Ram

I’ve never worked on such a small-scale! 

This is a piece I’m going to be submitting to Argyle Gallery for their Preshrunk show where all art has to be 4×5 inches (about the size of my hand). It’s actually really refreshing to work on something of this scale because it progresses quickly. 

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I now have a dinning room wall which is being taken over by potential Preshrunk pieces.

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Here is the time line for this little wild ram.

It’s all in the eyes, if they aren’t right then nothings right!

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