Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bronte (hearts) Bella

I dunno. Girl looks scary to me. Not often that I draw a picture that makes me burst into chuckles when I gaze on it. Poor doggie. I woke up with this illustration on my mind (I've been fermenting an idea for a new picture book starring these two) Click on the picture to check out the book cover mockup in my online portfolio and select the second thumbnail down.

Pencil was sketched directly onto Painter using the Cintiq, then faded the line back as a guide. On a second transparent layer used my favorite Painter pen -- the scratchboard tool -- to "ink" the drawing in brown. Next colored on the canvas layer with the digital watercolor, keeping it wet the whole time. Finished up modeling Bella's (the girl) face with the scratchboard rake. Probably could add some more modeling to Bronte's fur with the rake, but she was a "unique" looking cattle dog in real life (RIP my poor Bronte, who died last week) and I want to keep her DNA slighly ambiguous. Is she part pig? Part seal? Will have to think on this.

6 comments:

Phyllis Harris said...

Oh no...just last week. I'm so sorry Mo! Why can't our pups live as long as people? I miss my Brandy every day! We will probably be getting a new golden next Spring. Or maybe a newfoundland...we'll see what's available at the rescues.

I can't wait to see this in book form! I have been working on a picture book ms ever since Brandy died last Oct. and still haven't got it right...

Sheepish Grin said...

Oh Maurie, I'm so sorry about Bronte...

Judy Rozema said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet Bronte. What a delight this artwork is -- the book would be fabulous! I am such a fan!

Ginger*:) said...

I think she is going to make Bronte proud. This piece is so full of emotion.

ryan said...

maurie! havent checked out your blog in awhile. seems you havent updated in awhile either! but here it is 3am and i cant sleep. why? because i want to draw! (and cause i have a cold) im living in japan, trying my hardest to learn japanese, and over the last while have been hit with this incredible urge to draw again. so as i was drawing i started thinking about when i was a kid and how much i loved looking at your work and dreamed of the day when i could get that good. im still not there, but im trying :) im gonna start posting my drawings soon, i just havent shot anything yet. i need to buy a new wacom! hope you update soon :)

translucentblue said...

Goodness, I totally love your style and crisp colors! So glad I found your blog (^_^)