If you do two dog sketches in a row, can you claim it as a theme? Anyway I worked on a sketch of a Border Collie today in my Moleskine sketchbook (smooth paper!) with my beloved Blackwing pencil.
This summer I’m drawing a lot of dogs (cats, too!) using graphite – specifically a Blackwing pencil. Because they are so soft it’s forcing me to be looser in my style, much the way charcoal does. And I’m loving the free feeling of this style of mark making.
Last week I turned in my final drawing, took my final (yes – a final exam!), and submitted my peer reviews – and this week my certificate arrived!
This week is all about mammals and birds. I spent about 3 days watching documentaries on YouTube about the African Elephant. This one is my favorite. While watching I made some gesture sketches. They were a mess! – you get to see the two that at least looked like an animal… Then I worked on […]
I honestly didn’t think I’d make the deadline for this assignment – life got in the way. This week was a true balancing act. We had some surprises come up on the homefront that had me scrambling, but I was able to complete the work. Lucky for me the drawing didn’t need to be finished […]
This was a quick study I worked on today for my course in natural history illustration. The objective was to study leaf and stalk parts, match colors and get a basic “feel” for my subject. I love maidenhair ferns. I mixed my own greens using Hansa Yellow Medium, Pthalo Green and French Ultramarine.