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. Kath, this post blows me away! Your gift for art is astonishing when I see the stages from a sketch to completion. Wow!
    Having been a lover of horses ever since I attempted to draw them as a little girl, my eyes drank in your exquisite work with complete and utter joy. Thank you! ❤

  2. Beautiful! And I love seeing the steps in your process. Hope you’re having a happy, creative week!

  3. Tana Bevan says:

    Kath, by exploring your abilities and capabilities that lay beyond your comfort zone/level you’ve added another ‘Woo-hoo, look what I can do’ to your skill set & psyche. You’ve also added ‘Memory Maker’ to your resume! Congrats.

  4. Rowena says:

    Kath, this is incredibly stunning and you have conveyed the horse’s emotions and personality so well. I particularly love the close-up of the eye. It really drew me in. Thank you for sharing the journey with us. I love being a fly on the wall…especially watching an artist at work. Being permitted into the creative inner sanctum.
    xx Ro

  5. Val Boyko says:

    What an amazing capture Kath!!
    Yes to stretching and finding our creative edge 💕

  6. New Journey says:

    stunning……you capture the essence of the animal……love all the pictures up to the framed one…thanks for letting us go through your journey with you….beautiful

  7. Seriously wonderful!! Love seeing the development, K. GREAT eye (both yours and the horse). So happy for you.

  8. Judy says:

    I just popped over to check in to see how you were doing and what a treat…the horse rendering is just tender and beautiful!! I will be very excited to hear when your book goes on sale!! You have a presale here!!! For the granddaughters or course!!! 🙂 Beautiful work!!

    • Thanks Judy appreciate you popping over, all the best. Picture book will have to wait till next year now to be finished the raven paintings are taking most of my time. But we have saved a healthy sum for the printing costs already, by selling art.

  9. Luanne says:

    What a beautiful horse! It looks like you have been doing horses forever!

  10. This is great – you are a talented artist and I do see a “spirit” in your work!

  11. Jill Kuhn says:

    WOW! I’m so impressed, Kath!! Your horse is spectacular!!! I can only imagine the hours that went into such a masterpiece! 💕🎨 Well done!!! 🌟🎉

  12. You painted the soul of the horse. I love her and I’ve never met her. GLORIOUS.

  13. reocochran says:

    I loved the really nice way you shared the story and then the steps you took to create this sweet, gentle horse which seems to be radiating a glowing look into the viewer. This makes the portrait “come alive,” Kath! 🙂

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