I knew I had my work cut out for me. The only reference picture I had was from a mobile phone. I practised and practised, watched countless videos on how to draw animals and paint fur. Taught myself how to use the grid method for accuracy. So, this little project forced me to expand my knowledge in art techniques too… MINT.
The first thing I did was a pencil drawing of Bo, just to familiarise myself with his features. Then finally, it was time to start. I painted the back ground and sketched the outline of Bo onto the canvas. The first step is always the hardest. Once I started I couldn’t stop. I spent around 6 hours a day for a whole week adding layer after layer trying to get texture, perfecting and tinkering with details.
Eventually, it was time for the great reveal. I did not sleep all night wondering if she was going to like it or if she would wish she’d never asked me. Anyway, it was too late I couldn’t turn back now, onwards and upwards. To my delight she liked it…there is a God… sigh of relief.
So, thank you Angela for inspiring me to paint animals. I went on to do a pastel drawing of my cat, which turned out pretty good. I will be doing some more animal portraits, so watch this space.
Through this experience I have learned not to give into fear and face it head on. You will become stronger for it.
Here you go folks ‘Bo the Siberian husky.’