Recent drawings from a butterfly conservatory

Poison Dart Frog, 1.17.16

Poison Dart Frog, 1.17.16

A couple weeks ago I met up with a sketching group in my area at a butterfly conservatory. It was a good experience, to get out & draw with other people! I never do that. I get super self-conscious, not just showing my drawings to people who have quite a bit more experience than me, but also drawing in a relatively crowded area. But it’s good for me.

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Nupastel animals (WIP)… and a watercolor attempt

Springbok Nupastel (WIP), 1.11.16

Springbok Nupastel (WIP), 1.11.16

Hello & welcome to some of my very first attempts at drawing with pastels! Isn’t acquiring new art supplies both exciting, invigorating, & intimidating all at the same time? Yes, I think so!

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks, but also recently got a few other things: a small set of Prismacolor Nupastels (they are so beautiful when they’re brand new), Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, and Prismacolor Markers (I’m sensing a theme here). I’ve hardly touched the markers & haven’t opened the pencils yet, but cracked open the pastels the other day. Apparently these are harder than your traditional pastels – I’ve only used the waxy & chalky variety of pastels a few times, but I do notice a difference.

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Portrait (WIP)

Portrait WIP, 10.12.15

Portrait WIP, 10.12.15

Sorry to post something that’s not yet complete, but I felt I’d rather post something than miss a day at some point – I’m aiming for 5 days a week right now – but we’ll find out soon if that’s too ambitious!  But yeah, that sundial I posted yesterday?  I actually started that back in August, & it took me this long to get around to finishing it!  I’m quite embarrassed about that.

This is a portrait that I started last night – unfortunately I’m still working off of photos & have not yet made it to an actual figure drawing session yet.  Maybe soon?  I might be able to next month.

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