With the temperature predicted to hit 61 on Saturday I felt a "Two Fur" was due for today. (Or at least two dogs)
Nila's owner, Kim tells the story of how she came up with the names Nila Mani May;
"And just a little background on her name. I purchased her from a breeder in Virginia, Jewel's Shar Pei and I wanted to give her just the right name so I held a contest at work and with family for who could find the best name. She is a blue Shar Pei and I knew I wanted to fit the color and the breeders name Jewel somehow into her name. She was born in April but I purchased her in May. I offered a $25 Best Buy gift card to the winner and got lots of great names. When I saw her name I knew it in an instant. There were actually 2 winners, a coworker and Katie. The coworker came up with the name Nila Mani (knee-la man-ie) which is sanskrit for 'blue jewel' (although it is actually blue gem). Then Katie added May at the end completing the name I registered her under, Nila Mani May. Both the coworker and Katie got a gift card and I got many many years of happiness."
Someone asked me to post the progress of these drawings so I thought Nila would provide a good example.
I started the drawing using both bright dark blue and a pink tones to block out the darks and lights.
Then I added a grey-blue tone to quiet down that blue a bit and read more as a grey. I added just a bit of black and noticed that Nila was getting lost in my background so I added a touch of green.
At this point I got out my pencils and added some highlights and blacks.
To finish things up I blended a bit more to loose the rough pencil texture. I still wanted to leave some... A few highlight, a signture and it's done.