Out of My Comfort Zone

IMG_1261 (copy)I know I have not been present in the blogging world, my attention has been with my picture book illustrations. To say I am out of my comfort zone is somewhat dramatic but I’m now thinking about the big picture and even how I am going to get the book out there into the hands of children once I have completed it. For me that is an amazing thought and one I never dreamed I could do. But now I see it in my mind and its all about the hard work. Creating my best work in the hope it captures the imagination or attention it deserves. So whilst I play with illustrations (can’t show originals sadly) I will share another small journey.

A great opportunity to push my skills with a commission to sketch a beautiful pet. She is unwell and my client wanted a memory for her daughter (now grown) of her favourite horse. I’m not that confidant with sketching horses and it is hard to create a portrait and capture the character of the animal from old photos which were not good quality. But in the pet portrait world it seems that people usually don’t have any good quality compositions or images. The darling horse in her day was beautiful. Recent illness and the photos of her now she is almost unrecognisable. We googled the breed of horse to get an idea of colour etc. To create a pencil sketch this large excited me I must say. Yet I was also a little nervous that I would not capture her spirit with so little reference to go on.

I sent my client a black and white outline of the composition (above) taken from several photos. She loved it and said she wanted just the outline, she was happy with that. I told her that the pencil rendering would be even better. Even though I had never really sketched a horse for a client before. I knew I could do better than the pencil outline.

Trust in your instincts and see where they take you. I have left a step-by-step rendering, you can see her come alive. My client was ecstatic and when she handed the artwork to her daughter she cried. She said I had captured her baby perfectly. Not all my art turns out this well but it’s just a matter of starting again if its wrong. I am happy that I can create art that someone can keep as a cherished memory of a special friend.

I hope when the opportunity comes for you to step out of your comfort zone you take the chance to learn something new. Thanks for supporting my blog and I hope to get back to regular blog posts soon.

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About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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76 Responses to Out of My Comfort Zone

  1. jkgphotos says:

    WOW, just WOW!! Kath, I’ve ways loved horses and tried to draw them all the time. I have to say, you did an awesome job on this beauty. Of course your client loved it. You are so very talented!! You certainly have been busy, but it will be so worth it when your children’s book is finished. Can’t wait to check it out.
    So glad to see your beautiful art after so long. Take care my friend!

  2. Just beautiful! You have really captured something special here Kath. You should be very proud of your work and the gift you give to others. 💚

  3. You are so gifted Kath, it’s beautiful. ❤
    Diana xo

  4. quietmindquietbody says:

    What a gift you have given Kath, so much from the impression I have of your own inherent kindness and loving heart I think…

  5. That is gorgeous. I actually like the sketch as well as the finished product. There’s something about horses…

    • Jacqui it took some talking to convince my client that the colour version would look good too. But I do like pen and ink and the simplicity of that and the fact it takes no time to do compared to rendering it.

  6. Dalo 2013 says:

    Kath ~ you’ve truly brought something to life with your sketching process, and how every stage created something beautiful and something very different. The finished product, PERFECT.

    You also tap into something that can be more difficult to accept in life as we get older, and that is “when the opportunity comes for you to step out of your comfort zone you take the chance to learn something new” ~ amen to this thought. Wonderful post ~

  7. Maria says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love that you showed the progress on the artwork. I hope i’ll will be able to draw like this some day. What did you use to colour? and what kind of paper is that?

    • Hello Maria thank you for the kind comments. It was rendered in Coloursoft Derwent pencils. They are wonderful to blend and have a wide range of vibrant colours to choose from. Although the box set can set you back a couple of hundred dollars they are worth it and now I just buy them individually as I use them. The paper is 110gsm cartridge paper which is acid free I think its an Australian company Quill sketchpad thanks for stopping by.

      • Maria says:

        Thanks so much for responding 🙂 I’ll definitely try out these colors in the future when I get better at drawing and hopefully wont be so broke :’) haha.
        Stay blessed 🙂

  8. Wow! Kath, this is amazing! I loved seeing the stages of your talent. I’m curious how look it took you to create this beautiful creature? I love it!

  9. kathydoremus says:

    Ok – that is STUNNING. It is a beautiful picture that conveys to me that this horse was loyal, gentle and had a tentative curiousness.

  10. Amazing work and yay for tears! Congratulations!

    • Laura thank you the tears were probably because the horse is not expected to last much longer and her mum wanted to give her a memory to keep. So I was happy when she said it looked just like her.

  11. Okay, that’s worthy of a WOW. Beautifully done, and all the more beautiful because of how much it meant for those you created it for. Well done. Don’t worry about focusing on your book. That’s what you have to do to reach your goal. Keep going!

    • Thanks Christina Im trying not to get sabotaged by new ideas this time and stay on the one book. But they keep popping up in my head and I write them down for future stories. Thanks for reading.

  12. Sara says:

    Amazing things can happen in that “discomfort” zone, and you’re the strong, brave, talented one to conquer it. You prove it every day. Lovely post and beautiful work.

  13. Roy McCarthy says:

    What a great story Kath, and some beautiful work. It must mean so much more when your work really touches somebody. I’m sure you can adapt your skills to many subjects and maybe this will help your confidence in doing so.

  14. Sue Slaght says:

    Oh y goodness Kath what a gift you have created! I had goosebumps thinking of the girl looking at your beautiful work. Thanks for showing the step by step images. You are so talented. Clearly now in your comfort zone.

  15. Absolutely gorgeous, Kath. Well done.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  16. Léa says:

    Amazing Kath! Alas, it is no surprise for those of us who are familiar with your work. You should have no fear of pushing the pencil and reaching for the stars as that is when you will begin to see what the rest of us see. Léa

  17. Kath, that drawing is just gorgeous. And how rewarding to know that it meant so much to the recipient!

  18. diannegray says:

    This is absolutely fantastic, Kath. You have such a wonderful gift xxxx

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