Win a portrait of your pet! + Interview + Fresh portrait of Merlin the cat!

Drawing of a cat called Merlin in pen and watercolor

Drawing of a cat called Merlin in pen and watercolorI’ve been interviewed by a cat! Who would have thought it possible? I’m amazed! And I think it turned out quite good! Come read it here: Interview with artist Thomas Clausen and pet portrait giveaway – If you comment on Merlin’s post, you also get the chance to win a portrait of your pet – drawn by me! – so go ahead and do that!

The above drawing is my 688th since the 9th September 2014! Yup!
Come see this one at my Pet portrait portfolio too!

6 mediocre drawings – will make more of an effort next time :)

Drawing of a cat in charcoal

Drawing of a cat in charcoalDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penSketch of a cat in ballpoint pen

Sometimes you just don’t feel it. I’m pretty unsatisfied with the three dog drawings above. It’s a result of being a bit too sleepy and or careless while drawing – which reflects in the end result. The cat in charcoal was an attempt for a commission drawing. I haven’t done a lot of charcoal before, but when someone requested a charcoal portrait of her cat as a commission, I went with it. I think that I’ll start over with a drawing in ballpoint pen, since these work a little better for me πŸ˜‰

I don’t have a lot to add – but I hope that I can post something that I’m a little more proud of next time!

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Two drawings of dogs

Drawing of a dog in ballpoint pen

Drawing of a dog in ballpoint penA commissioned drawing of a dog in watercolor and ballpoint pen

These two are drawings are what I’ve managed to produce since my last post! The first one if another one of my free pet sketches whereas the latter is a new commissioned drawing that I worked quite intensely on yesterday to get it ready to ship as soon as possible. The original photo had the dog wearing a bright red.. Dog jacket? (I’m not 100% on the terminology here) – that I decided not to include in the portrait. It also has the dog posing on the beach. I opted for a plain blue background to keep the focus on the dog. I hope you all like it!

You can see this drawing on my portfolio site here: Pet portrait commission of Baci the dog

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8 new drawings – one is a commission drawing

Drawing of a cat called Merlin in ballpoint pen

Drawing of an excited football fanSketch of a guy with wild hair and beardDrawing of a cat called Merlin in ballpoint penDrawing of a street in germany in ballpoint penDrawing of a guy with glasses in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ballpoint pencommissioned drawing of a cat in ballpoint penHere’s another batch of drawings. Some of this and some of that. The last one is yet another commissioned drawing that you can see on my “pet portrait artist” site!

Other than that, there are some cats, an overly excited football (soccer) fan, that I’m pretty happy about, a perspective drawing – (my arch enemy is perspective drawing) and some odd portraits from Reddit gets drawn!

Hope you like them!

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Commissioned drawing of three cats in watercolor and ballpoint pen

Commissioned watercolor and ballpoint pen triple portrait of three cats

Commissioned watercolor and ballpoint pen triple portrait of three catsHere’s my most recent commissioned drawing of three cats. The owner wanted to get them all together in a painting as a keepsake, but since one of them has passed away, the composition had to be made out of individual photos.

Photo collage of three catsI’m fairly happy about the result, but I have yet to hear the owner’s opinion !

Come see this tripple-portrait of three cats on my portfolio site as well!

This was my 671th drawing since the 9th September 2014!

11 drawings and sketches from the last few days

Portrait drawing of a guy wearing a hat

Drawing of a cat in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penPortrait drawing of a guy wearing a hatDrawing of a cat sorrounded by miceDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penSketch of an angry guy in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penSketch of a cat in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penPortrait drawing of a guy listening to music in ballpoint penAnother few days have gone by, and I’ve done 11 more sketches. Most of these are really quick, and two are done half asleep (and aren’t that successful) – But in general terms, I’m pretty happy about most of them. I’m having fun with trying out a little different graphical approaches and playing a little with the background.

I’ve just finished another commissioned cat drawing, but this time, I think that I’ll post it separately.

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22 Sketches from the last three days

Drawing of a brother and sister in ballpoint pen

Drawing of a dog in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat and a sheep in pencilDrawing of a dog in ballpoint penDrawing of a dog in ballpoint penSketch of a happy guy in ballpoint penPencil portrait of a young manSketch of a laughing man and his cat in ballpoint penPortrait of a guy making a grimace in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat getting a treat in ballpoint penDrawing of a little boy with a camera in ballpoint pendouble portrait of a father and son in scottish mountains in ballpoint penSketch of a bearded man being choked in ink markerDrawing of a brother and sister in ballpoint penDrawing of a man in cowboy hat in the dessert in ballpoint penDrawing of a little boy bathed in sunlight in ballpoint penSketch of a little boy in ballpoint penDrawing of a bearded guy wearing a viking hat in ballpoint pen and india inkDrawing of a bearded man in ballpoint pendrawing of a great grandmother and grandchild in ballpoint penDrawing of a little girl in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat called George in ballpoint penDrawing of a couple in Prague in ballpoint penOh my.. You must think that I have gone completely bonkers and / or bananas!
Indeed, I have. These recent days I’ve made tons of these quick little sketches, and I’m really enjoying myself, although they do seem to take up a rather big part of my time available. Now that I think of it – these 22 sketches – If they’re about 25 minutes each represent.. 5,5 hours of drawing.. Hmm.. I suppose that’s actually kind of quick for so many sketches, but it’s also time that I ought probably have spent differently thinking about my tight schedule. Okay, let’s forget about that πŸ˜‰

Anyway – If I start doing this amount of sketches, I’ll need to post them much more frequently. I don’t have near enough time to talk to you about each one in particular, and the time spent on editing, scanning and posting also becomes a bit too much all at once! That being said, it’s really been fun. Most of these sketches are from requests at “Reddit Gets Drawn” where users basically post their photos for a a lot of bored artists to draw! It’s really fun to look at the different kinds of artwork too. Some are really professional whilst others are really fun and all about “learning”. There’s a lot of experimentation going on too, so if you’re into drawing, go there, and try for yourself !

I try whenever I speak about my drawings online to also include a link to my new “Portfolio of pet pictures, and cat and dog drawings” – And that, I just did! Please go there if you want to see some of my more “finished” pet portraits. They’re mostly in watercolor and ballpoint pen. And if you’re a blogger of art or pets, It would be a real help to get one of those hyper-links from you.

That’s all for now. Have a great Thursday!

Oh, and I mustn’t forget to keep the count! These were my 638th-659th drawings since the 9th September 2014.

Fourteen drawings from the last three days (!)

Commissioned drawing of a dog in ballpoint pen

A sketch of a boy and his dog in ballpoint penDrawing of a man in ballpoint penSketch of a young man in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penDrawing of a guy wearing a hat in ballpoint penDrawing of a young man reciting poetry in ballpoint penDrawing of a man with a beard in ballpoint penDrawing of a little boy in ballpoint penSketch of a little girl in ballpoint penDrawing of a man with long hair in ballpoint penDrawing of a guy jumping in ballpoint penDrawing of a man with a black beard in ballpoint penDrawing of a horse in ballpoint penDrawing of a horse in ballpoint penCommissioned drawing of a dog in ballpoint penTwo days ago I passed the 1-year mark for drawing (almost) every day! I didn’t plan on celebrating it or do anything special, mostly because I haven’t got the time. But for some reason, I’ve made a ton of sketches the last couple of days. Let’s call that a celebration! To be honest – I’ve neglected my free pet-sketches as well as my commissions a little these last few days, and as you can see, most of the above sketches are of humans! It’s been a nice break. The humans I found at reddit or more specifically at “redditgetsdrawn” where people put up their photos for people to draw. I DID manage to do another commission drawing too, however I’m still a bit behind schedule. This is number two out of a total of four that I meant to finish for last weekend – so I better speed it up a little πŸ˜‰

Anyway – should you be interested in seeing my other commissioned drawings, please have a look at my “Portfolio of cat, dog and pet-portrait commissions“.. I’m trying to make that site come a little alive so… Tell your friends!

See this one with the other dog drawing at my portfolio site tclausen.net

these were my 624th-637th drawings since September 9th 2014!

Drawing of a hand in ink, ink and ink

Drawing of a hand in mixed media

Drawing of a hand in mixed mediaHere’s my 623’th drawing since the 9th September 2014. It’s my hand. I’ve drawn my hand tons of times since i started drawing every day, but recently, it’s all been about cats and dogs – so I thought I’d try another hand drawing. Hands are really difficult – especially since I’ve gotten out of the habit of drawing them. I messed up the proportions quite a bit in this one, and while trying my best to fix them I applied the white guache quite handsomely. Since white guache is waterbased, it’s a really bad idea to apply water-based ink on top, because it’ll just turn into a muddy gray.

It looks pretty sinister, but I had fun with drawing this one. I keep hearing more experienced artists arguing against using all-black backgrounds because it gets flat and texture-less, and while I get that point, I also think that it has quite an effect on the spatiality of the hand. Anyway – the drawing wasn’t very planned – each step is pretty much an attempt to conceal an error in the previous step, but I bet I can learn a lot from working in that way.

Step a little back from your screen! It looks nicer from a distance πŸ˜‰

7 drawings – one of them a commission

Commissioned drawing of a dog in ballpoint pen

Drawing of a cat in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penDrawing of a dog in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ink markerDrawing of a dog in ink marker and ballpoint penDrawing of a little refugee boy crying in ballpoint penCommissioned drawing of a dog in ballpoint penHere’s me again with 7 fresh drawings. I’ve now made 622 drawings since the 9th September 2014 – That’s almost two a day for a year. The last few months have been a bit slower, though. Mainly because I’ve been drawing most days and not every day. That’ll change at some point. I keep saying that, but it’s not going to be for another couple of months.

Anyway – the last one of the drawings you see there, is a commissioned drawing – one of a total of four, that I hope to ship to the USA next week. I’m trying to plan ahead with my pet-commissions, so if you know someone who’d like to get a portrait of their pet, I’d be really happy if you’d show them my portfolio of commissioned cat and dog portraits.

I’m as busy as ever with my studies. I really miss sitting down to make a drawing of whatever i feel like, but the pet portraits is sort of developing into a “thing” now. I’m actually quite happy with the way things are, because it allows me to sit and draw cats and dogs while I’m downscaling my horribly disagreeable Friday night shift slave-work – So I’m not complaining, but I look forward to be able to get back to experimenting some more with drawing while still keeping up with the pet-portraits at some point.

Come see the commissioned drawing with the other dog drawing at tclausen.net

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