Many years ago my father left me a collection of paintings, and I have increased the collection considerably since then. The range covers the whole spectrum regarding subject matter and materials used. In my travelling days, I always tried to obtain a local artists work, from leave paintings to the more 'up-market' within a low budget.
Quite a number of the pencil or charcoal drawings are of animal subject, mainly dogs. (I suppose they are the easiest to draw if standing still!).
We have two well known world-wide artist's who live local. One does locomotives and African animal scenes, and the other does mainly cartoon type, but alas I cannot afford the 'originals' prices.
Also in our area we have a very old hall that is now open to the public. The daughters of the household use to make portraits of various household animal, by using groomed animal and human hair. They are absolutely brilliant, and must have taken literally months if not years to complete.
Even some of the local graffiti artist's seem to get awards for their work. And I only wish I could turn out work that they seem to do :O))
sold in a box of 6 in six grades HB/2B/4B/6B/8B/9B A good sketching/drawing paper and skill lots of skill practice and paper. You get the continuous tone effect by smearing with a damp tissue then overlaying with a darker shade. Start with the lights and work up to the darks.
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