Lovely walk on a sunny Dartmoor this morning looking at the ponies.
Didn’t see any hares. So back into the studio to work on the ‘Kissing Hares’. The character of the first hare is beginning to emerge now but I think it’ll need both hares to be completed before you can see the true characters through their interaction.
I had lots of measuring to do: just like a human face an animal’s face has certain mathematical rules (I hate maths!) so I draw freehand first and then measure to check I have it right. Generally speaking I get it right but there are times when I can see something is wrong but can’t work out what it is, as soon as I measure, the problem reveals itself and I can see it instantly. Measuring and maths are important in art no matter how much you hate it! I only roughly measure with my pencil though, never with a ruler.
The hare’s ears are generally speaking the same length as his or her face and the width of the neck about the same size as the width of the face at the widest point. These are just two examples; I do hundreds of measurements and comparisons on an image to double-check my eye is right. These basics I do try to stay true to but other aspects I exaggerate or minimise depending on what I’m trying to achieve.
The ratios I take from a variety of pictures of hares and at different angles. I won’t bore you with them all.
As well as looking at pictures for measurements, I also look at textures of the fur as it varies from whereabouts the fur is and it’s function on the hare. I always make sure I’m using the same breed if possible so there’s no discrepancies.
Here’s today’s work anyway.