I have never been very fond of poodle, but
this graphite portrait is one my favorite drawings in graphite pencils.
I am not far to think it is a drawing masterpiece.. at least it
is a charming doodle.
The client who gave me that portrait on commission, came at the
last hour of a terrible exhibition in the countryside where I did
not have any contact... and he bargained the price of this commission.
You can imagine how upset I was, but I accepted the deal.
As I was in my "atelier", looking at this poodle's photo,
it seemed impossible to me to draw such a complicated fur : Curls
and waves, sophisticated undulations and this incredible tangling
of silky fur. I stayed for hours in front of my white page wondering
how I could draw that poodle portrait. Then some one called me on
the phone, and while I was listening, my hand started automatically
to sketch and doodle. The drawing came out by itself because my
pencil was not blocked by my fear. This phone call lasted a very
long time.. and at the end, the poodle portrait had come out of
the paper. His curls and waves were combed with my pencil in a awesome
scribble. I just had to add a few thousand of pencil strokes, densify
the shadows, multiply the furs, sharpen the eye, wet the nose ....
I used a LOT of graphite pencils but at the end, it was a drawing
When I deliver this drawing portrait at my client's home, this #@°%
nasty poodle did bite my hand to blood ! It is the only dog who
ever bit me.
I love these pets !