Thursday, 1 December 2016

Best Compliment Ever ...

Well I don't very often draw people but when I do it's often for a really good friend! J asked me to draw her son so that she could surprise her parents, and presented me with this amazing photo which shows real cheeky character and I accepted the challenge! I also usually draw non furry faces in monochrome and J was happy with that. 

I chose to take out the seatbelt and therefore the sling since I couldn't see how the sling looked at the top. As I fashion my portraits in white-space the seat belt was going to look too prominent in the picture. If you draw portraits your self you will know how important the eyes are and in this photo our young man has a very distinctive highlight which I worked hard to get right. The eyes, and the shapes of our nose and lips are what makes us unique. Get these slightly wrong and your picture doesn't look like the person. 

Well I completed the portrait and waited for the time when J would present it to her parents, and after that I shared it to my Facebook page where Mum proudly shared it, writing something that made my day. She said, "the artist is so good I can't tell it apart from the photo. And she has captured my grandson's spirit of fun", and that's probably one of the best compliments ever!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Facing Up To It - 16

So today, and I am not long back from DCH, I have been in braces for 602 days. Kelly and Libby were in good spirits, planning Christmas in terms of a) my band colours and b) dressing up and playing games in othodontics. It was agreed that although mulled wine, which also stains teeth in braces, is a very definite no-no, wearing deely-boppers and sipping Benecol might be permitted. I declined to comment, mostly because it's rude to talk with your mouth ful, but also because there was lots to do inside my gob today. 

My next job is to Google the game SPEAK OUT. Dentists are generally good at this game.

So I've got some colour back in my life after experimenting with all the neutrals. I chose navy-knicker blue, but I agree to be Christmassy on the 15 Dec when I go back. The upper teeth were looking so good that they were rewarded with a steel. These are the arch wires needed for surgery. Yikes! I've got my third power chain on the top row, too. 

Down below, we looked at moving the front right i-tooth and the number 7 on the same side. That arch wire is another Ni-Ti but I'm hoping it might be a steel soon. Or do I? Surgery looms ever closer! 

Monday, 24 October 2016

Facing Up To It - 15

At the end of September my teeth looked like this ....

Though they sit in a marvellous curve they are still splayed out and need to become something more like perpendicular. Maybe there's a better word for that to do with the angles of teeth! I gave Kelly and Libby the URL for this blog so I wonder if they came to find it. Libby was certainly helpful in letting Michael take photos such as this. Will we appreciate all of this in years to come? I do hope so!

Im going back next week to find out what needs to happen next. That wire which is wobbly in the pic above will be nice and straight I'm sure!

Cathy, aged 11

What a beautiful gentle old girl is Cathy the retired racing greyhound. She belongs to a friend of mine, and I was asked to draw her out of all the special dogs my friend has loved!

When I began to sketch her out, it was really important to me to capture the soul that shows in her big brown eyes. 

After mapping everything out in dark sepia, I build up colours in layers, my favourite part of making a portrait. I'm really pleased with how Cathy turned out. 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Vegan adventures!

I've been vegetarian for nearly 25 years, and very glad I was too. I've seen it become much easier to live as a veggie, espially when it comes to quick-food and also eating out too. I've met many veggie friends, and then began to meet some vegans too. Recently I've met new ingredients and started to create vegan dishes for the family too, which feels really good and healthy. 

I do share my home with a couple of hard-core cheese addicts, and there is always more than one kind of milk in the fridge, but thanks to having our own small flock I never have to worry about where our eggs come from, or what the birds eat and that makes me happy. Nonetheless, we all enjoy vegan food together so I thought I would share some recent food-porn moments from the camera of my phone .....

The first is these rather fab fritters! Made using only three ingredients, diced red onion, grated courgette and a few handfuls of gram flour. Actually I've made these a few times, and the ones bellow also contain marrow which I left the skin on as you might be able to see! I had read about gram flour replacing egg and in this recipie they do just that, soaking up the wet from the vegetables and binding them together firmly once fried. You don't need too much oil to fry them in.

Tonight we had two courses vegan. The first being herb and oat rissoles, served with spinach. The rissoles are made with water, oats, herbs, tomato purree, soy sauce and some date sugar (replacing treacle) with finely chopped onion. After boiling the mixture I let it cool and firm and grilled as burger shapes. Low fat too!

Pudding was chocolate pudding, with strawberries and coconut cream. The pudding I made with a ripe mango blended thouroughly with raw cocoa powder. So not only vegan but RAW POWER and I'm sure you know how cool that is! 

Do you weigh your ingredients? I don't usually, but I did weigh the oats and measure the water for the rissoles. Usually I cook ... by feel! 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

A Handsome Black Dog ....

I A friend recently commented on the challenges of drawing black dogs! I've done a few, and a glossy black cat, and here is one I tackled fairly recently. 

This boy is done in coloured pencils, in a painterly sort of way. Have you been successful painting black pets?

Facing Up To It - 14

Just wanted to share how much difference a bit of fine tweeking can make, by first sharing this photo of my teeth on the 28th June this year. 

Check out these incisors looking nice and straight in today's snapshot! I've been in braces for 527 days, but as yet, no date for surgery. The hygienist asked me this when I saw her yesterday, and gave me a super sand-blast and polish including my face. Free exfoliation too! 

I've even got a different style of bracket fitted but my dream is to get copper bands (ligatures) or maybe gold? These are supposed to be silver but they look gun-metal-grey to me?