Since she was young, she has loved seeing the work people create. The way they blend colours, the way they can capture a personality on the page. She is in awe of that which she could simply never create.
It used to be that the art that caught her eye was landscapes, especially waterscapes.
But, like everything in her life, her love of art has started to mingle with her love of us dogs and she has discovered a whole new world of incredibly talented folks. We’re talking about the super cool humans who dedicate their awesome talents to capturing the spirit and soul of pets.
Bailey’s Mom has got it goin’ on.
Anyone who reads Bailey Be Good, has seen all the amazing drawings she has been doing of our bloggie furiends. We are so impressed with her drawing skills that we just had to ask if she would come hang out with us on Kol’s Notes and tell us more about her drawings. So, with no further ado, we give you Bailey and Nala’s mom!
For as long as I could remember, I’ve been involved in some sort of artwork. When I was a young child, when I wasn’t with friends, I was busy drawing. I copied anything I could find — landscapes, still lifes, cartoons, and even my own pets. I would spend hours in my room drawing and creating huge houses made out of oaktag. Besides my friends, back then I didn’t mind spending countless hours in my room… as long as I had pencils, paper, and masking tape!
Well here I am years later, and pencils, paper, and masking tape still fill my home! My style of drawing has changed over the years. I used to paint on canvas using oils and acrylics, and then I discovered pastels and chalk. After many years of drawing in chalk, I changed mediums and went back to pencils… only this time I used colored pencils.
I purchased a wonderful colored pencil set during my college years, and that’s the set that I’ve been using for my drawings. Sadly, my set has been discontinued (awful for an artist to no longer have your materials available!), but I have found others to replace the colors that have been used up.
I have never wanted to use my art as any type of business, because, as other artists will understand, I just never felt like HAVING to draw. It was always something that was more of a hobby, and the feeling of wanting to draw hadn’t always stayed long enough. A few months ago I started drawing things for my daughter and her friends, and I realized how much fun I was missing. I started drawing my friends’ pets, and my love of drawing actually stayed. Then one day I noticed one of Bailey’s bloggie friend’s photos — it was from http://www.talking-dogs.com. This one photo of ‘Rudy’ just stood out to me, and I just had to draw him. So I did. Then I wanted to draw another. When I thought about where I could find other beautiful dogs, cats, and other furry friends, the only place I could come up with, was Bailey’s bloggie friends. And that’s how it began.
I don’t play favorites when it comes to choosing which furry friend I’ll draw. It really depends on how clear and big the photo is. If the eyes have too much glare, and if the photo is small, the photo won’t work for me. I always draw the eyes first, so I consider that to be the most important feature. If the eyes in the photo aren’t clear where you can see the pupils, I won’t be able to see those details that allow me to connect with the drawing. A large photo also allows me to see any special markings or patterns that each furry may have… those are the things that make each drawing special and unique.
Each drawing takes a different amount of time. I usually work at night, and many times I work straight through the night. I love working at night because it’s so quiet. I can play music and not have to worry about my family since they are all asleep.
Thanks for letting me share my story, Kol & Jodi!
Do you have any custom art of your pets? We’d love to see pictures!