A few months ago, my grandmother unearthed a children’s story she’d written over 20 years ago about a young boy. She asked me to illustrate the cover. I agreed but have been anxious about it ever since – I haven’t done a lot of watercolor painting, and I also hadn’t been drawing many people lately (well, I haven’t been drawing much at all lately, period). I’m a bit more comfortable drawing animals.
I’m not even sure how long it’s been since I’ve done any gesture drawings, but they’re always good practice, & always a good thing to do when I don’t have a ton of time!
Wow, it’s been awhile since my last post! Ironically, I’ve actually done a bit of drawing in the past month, although my lack of updates doesn’t really show that. However, I’ve had some gift drawings that I’ve made for people & unfortunately never got around to scanning them. I think I’ll try to get them up in the future, though.
For now, you can check out this drawing of a kitten I did while helping out at an all day work event yesterday. There was some downtime during the morning & lunch breaks, so I was able to get in a drawing.
I met up with that local sketching group this past weekend, & this time we went to a natural history museum. That meant lots & lots of bones & fossils! I’m a little rusty when it comes to drawing bones, so this was great practice.
Boy, this weekend I was totally not feeling it! I think I was just exhausted. Hence, the two drawings I’m posting today are a bit sloppy.
But here we have a rabbit done in pencil first & then detailed in sepia ink! I shouldn’t totally bash him, I just don’t think he’s maybe on par with my other recent efforts. But he’s kinda cute, & I like the bold lines, & I actually like the quickly scribbled lines even though I think I could have done that better. However, I think the anatomy seems a bit off.
Not a lot of time last night, but I didn’t want to let another day go by without doing something, so I did two really quick portraits in pencil working from some photos at pixelovely. This top one is the one I spent the most time on, & I think it’s probably the better one. I wasn’t going for super detailed or even super realistic.