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01-23-2017, 05:39 PM
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share a couple of drawings that I was commissioned to do. My client wanted a pair of sheep drawings, one a portrait, and the other a sheep "grouping" of some sort. After searching far and wide in public domain images of sheep, we agreed on two photos, one from Morguefile and the other from Paint My Photo.

She requested that both drawings be 12 x 12 inches, and she wanted me to use a softer, looser style which I had used for a sheep drawing I did for a friend several years ago. Instead of my usual stippling, these are done with brush tip markers and white charcoal. I did sneak in some details with my fine-point pens though.

Here is the first drawing of a pair of very wooly sheep. I used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens. It's a Manga set of gray-toned brush tips that blend into each other beautifully, especially on this gray paper. Not a whole lot of ink was used as these two were so white. I used General's white charcoal pencils for the whites. The paper is Strathmore Artagain in a tint of warm gray. I struggled to get the contrasts correct on screen - these look better in person.





And here is the portrait. She requested this one have a black face. The reference image was of a white-faced sheep, but I didn't mind. I rather like the contrast of the darker face. I blended the blacks with a light gray pen to get the smooth gradation of values. I added some details to the face with Sakura Pigma Micron pens...just a few strokes to suggest hair direction and texture. She didn't want ultra-detailed, so I had to hold back my instinct to go on and on with the texture. I finished this with the white charcoal, including just a few strokes of it in the black face to liven up the portrait.






Though I do welcome C&C, I have sprayed these and will be sending them off soon. Thank you for looking.:)

01-23-2017, 06:38 PM
Fantastic :clap: .
Great amount of details and wonderful choice in the tone of the paper. Would have loved to have seen these as a WIP. I personally really like the second one.

Equus Art
01-23-2017, 08:26 PM
So lovely and soft with gorgeous details, Jenna. Love them!


01-23-2017, 10:48 PM

01-24-2017, 02:54 AM
Fantastic sheep, I am sure you're client will be very happy with these wooly friends:cat:

01-24-2017, 03:41 AM
Wow Jenna, it is really fantastic work you did... looks so realistic also :) is super

01-24-2017, 03:41 AM
double post :)... but again is superb :)

chammi kaiser
01-24-2017, 11:01 AM
Terrific work Jenna. I can just imagine those sheep in your wire art with curly hair and with all sorts of bits and pieces used in your usual inimitable way.

01-24-2017, 03:18 PM
Two beautiful pictures! I love the detail in the fleeces. I'm sure your client will be delighted. :)

01-25-2017, 11:07 AM
Nice work Jenna , great hair texture

01-25-2017, 11:38 AM
Lovely drawings! Marvelous detail!
I also have problems getting a photo to look the same as the artwork. It's a constant struggle for me.

Vivien Maloney
01-25-2017, 12:42 PM
Wonderful work Jenna! I dont think of seen drawings/paintings of yours before and these are amazing! Beautiful detail. Your client will be delighted with them! Love them! :clap:
Will we see them as wire sculptures too?

01-25-2017, 02:04 PM
Excellent work. How nice to have a commission for sheep!

01-25-2017, 03:17 PM
Wonderful! I can almost smell them. I grew up around sheep, and I miss them.
Beautiful work on the wool.

01-25-2017, 04:49 PM
Thank you so much, Sonia. I love this Artagain paper, especially this gray tone. I'm glad you like it, too. The second one is my personal favorite, too...I so enjoyed drawing the nuances of the face.

Thank you, Cat! :)

Christel, thank you. I appreciate your nice comment.

Thanks so much, lisapencil. I hope she is happy with them. :)

Fedetony, thank you...and thank you. :D That's so nice of you to say. I really enjoyed drawing these sheep. Something different for a change.

Chammi, now you've got me thinking. ;) Thanks so much! I appreciate your comments.

Thanks, Kay. The fleece was rather abstract...a series of quick, wiggly movements of the pencil. It was great fun!

Thank you, Robert. :)

Sheryl, that's a wonderful comment. Thank you very much! Isn't it a challenge to get photos or scans of artwork accurate? By the way, your artwork is so beautiful! I checked out your blog. :)

Thank you so much, Viv. My art all started with drawing, and though I churn out far fewer drawings than sculptures, I spend equal amounts of time on both mediums as I love to do both. Thanks so much, and you may find a sheep wire sculpture sometime. We'll see. :)

Thank you, Penny. Yes, I was so happy to get to draw sheep - such fun textures to play with!

Libby, that is indeed a compliment. Thank you very much for the sweet comments.