Diana's Love for Her Hound

"Diana's Love for Her Hound"
     pastel drawing on paper
                  NFS

This is my submission for Karin Jurick’s DSFDF Challenge. We were asked to draw or paint an entire marble sculpture of goddess Diana and her hound. I decided to put away my paints for a while and work on my drawing skills. Karin suggested taking our time working on the three dimensional qualities, details, weight and elegance of the sculpture. My focus was also to capture Diana's loving gaze at her hound as he licked her thigh.

After reams of practice drawings with vine charcoal, one even upside down and backwards, I finally felt confident enough for the final drawing without having to use a grid. The drawing was sketchy so I could correct as I went along, while continuing to work on values, form, and edges at the same time.

I decided to do my drawing on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper using the smooth side. I used Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencils that are soft enough for glazing and firm enough to sharpen in an electric pencil sharpener to keep their points sharp for detail.

My experience of working in hard and soft pastel years ago while studying under the guidance of the late James C. Prohl, classical realist painter and teacher has been a big help in this challenge. I never thought I could go back to doing such detailed work again or even have the patience. Thanks to Karin Jurick, she has again come up with a great challenge that stretches my skill further than I thought I could go. Be sure too check the Different Strokes from Different Folks blog for the many wonderful versions of Diana and her hound.

32 comments:

  1. You did an absolutely amazing job with this, Carol.

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  2. Carol, this is superb. The details and shading are so smooth and effortless. You are a master with the pastels.

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  3. No GRID!!??! What an eye! This is as Vern said, "Superb"!

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  4. Simply delightful to see such intensity of detail, change in tone and an interplay of warm and cool. Beautiful!

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  5. Carol, it is truly a masterpiece. I am SO impressed, it is just stunning!!! The texture of marble is so convincing -- EXcellent job.

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  6. Fantastic drawing Carol. Great balance of values.

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  7. Wow! The detail and colors are fantastic...really amazing!

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  8. I also agree, Wow! I love all the detail and smooth shading... It is really apparent that this was studied and thought out. Lovely!

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  9. Beautiful work Carol. Great color and detail!

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  10. This is absolutely gorgeous; I keep coming back to look at it...wow!

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  11. Carol, You did a fantastic job. I love the detail. Great blog too!

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  12. How lovely! The value changes are so subtle and interesting. WELL DONE.

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  13. What can I say that hasn't been said! REALLY fantastic piece. I'm glad you reminded me of Jim Prohl, I remember he had his students draw from plaster busts, hands, etc. He was a great teacher, and I'm sure he would have been proud to see this amazing version of Diana by one of his very talented students!

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  14. Oh how I love your piece. All the soft details everywhere just delight the my eyes with such appreciation of your talent.
    Yes, really Superb.

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  15. This is drop dead gorgeously well done!

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  16. Everything they said!
    I think this piece looks as though it grabbed hold of you at some point. Wonderful work, beautiful subtlety.

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  17. This comment is from a person who is not an artist and knows next to nothing about art. But, the instant I saw this work, I was dumbfounded at its beauty. I was weak just looking at it the first time. You are a true artist who never gives up learning more and more!!! I am forever you fan!
    Elaine Schneider

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  18. Carol, this is fantastic I love it! Makes me want to go out and buy the pastel pencils you used. Thanks for stopping by to see my drawing and leaving me such a nice compliment!

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  19. Fantastic job on this, you really went the extra yard to capture the texture of the marble and the warmth of the lights!

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  20. Beautifully drawn...your eye picked up things I never saw in the photo. Well done!

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  21. Carol, you really stayed true to the challenge. You drew, then drew some more to create this stunning piece of art. Your drawing skills are amazing...bravo!

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  22. Absolutely fantastic, Carol! How large did you work? Can't get over the amount of detail you found. Also-did you work from an enlarged print-out? Such a superb, beautiful drawing! Wow.

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  23. sometimes a person just has to reach back in time to find a word that describes the emotional response to a visual....
    .........gadzooks!

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  24. Wow...I bow! Simply superb,Carol! Absolutely a "10"!

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  25. I have recently developed the habit of thanking each person for their comment through email but I want to again thank everyone for the encouraging comments on my drawing of Diana.

    It is a humbling experience to receive all this feedback from artist I respect and admire. Blogging like this and the DSFDF challenges has certainly opened up a whole know world to me and I'm sure many other artist. Thanks to Karin Jurick she has helped connect hundreds of artist from near and far.

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  26. Carol, This is a wonderful work of art. I was so encouraged that you visited my impressionistic painting and left an appreciated comment.

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  27. Awesome! The detail shot is incredible. Very, very nice! Oh, thanks for the tips on the pastel pencils. I may give them a try sometime.

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