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I used a dog photo of a chihuahua. I really liked the 5 line versions. I did 2 versions of the collage. The first was a straightforward representation of the dog which I liked but I felt didn’t display any of the characteristics of the dog which I knew.

simple line drawings

simple line drawings

simple line drawings

simple line drawings

Realistic drawing

Realistic drawing

The words I thought of in relation to the dog was

lively, energetic

princely, combatitive

proud, handsome

So I thought the collage should be made up of something suitable for a warrior prince. I chose brocade material for the body and bits of ceremonial uniforms for the rest. I really liked the final result. I made a rough drawing from the collage but went back to the 5 line drawings to take the drawing further, although the insights from the collage about the character of the dog was very much in my mind.

First collage

First collage

Second collage

Second collage

initial drawing from collage

initial drawing from collage

The next stage of this exercise was to produce a bigger image, introducing another element to add a narrative. I added a cat, some furniture and a trail, to give an idea of what it was like having this particular dog to visit, when he rockets around the room, then goes back to walking quietly but very proudly.

Final version of Alfie

Final version of Alfie

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