I’d like to introduce you to a very special drawing project this week. This is Jessie.
Jessie was my canine companion for 13 years. She came into my life as one of two six-week-old puppies. One of them found a good home within a few weeks. Jessie did, too. She just didn’t have to go any further.
In 1997, Jessie died of congestive heart failure. A large hole was left in her wake. One so large that I’ve been unable to do a detailed portrait of any type in the many years since her passing. A few sketches, yes, but nothing more.
With no formal portraits on the easel and free studio time available, now is the time to make another attempt.
I’m also writing a book about drawing Jessie. Tentatively titled Drawing Jessie, the book will include detailed step-by-step information on drawing the portrait.
But I’m also planning to include memories and thoughts about Jessie and the time we spent together. It will not only be a guide book for artists who want to learn to draw with colored pencils or to improve existing skills; it will be a book for anyone who has had the honor of having a Special Dog in their lives.
I’ll be offering periodic updates, but am not currently planning to document it step-by-step. I’ll be excerpting Drawing Jessie on EmptyEasel.com and possibly here, too.
Plans are subject to change, though. If you’d like to see a step-by-step demonstration, let me know.
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