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Peacock Doodle

Just a little doodle I did!

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Done with sharpie pens and colored pencils!

Hello! Just finished this grapite. Elephants are my favorite animal and this one was a ton of fun to draw. The detail in elephants is ridiculous and in some areas I would work for an hour just to cover a square inch of detail.
This one is darker than most of my drawings. I worked in 6B and the finer detail was done in HB.

As always, thanks for looking!

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Elephants

Pet Portrait: French Bulldog

For my brother & sister-in-law’s wedding, I decided to draw a portrait of their beloved Frenchie, Snark. He is freaking adorable. So fun to draw. I pulled a picture of him off Facebook and decided to make it a surprise. I was super nervous because this was the first drawing I have ever given as a gift and since it was so personal, I wanted to make sure I captured him perfectly. I did a lot of second guessing, but overall I am happy with the way it turned out and turns out, they are too!

I used HB-6B and it took me about 2 hours.

Pet Portrait: French Bulldog

Pet Portrait: French Bulldog

Elephant Watercolor

Elephant Watercolor

Elephant Watercolor

This was a quick watercolor I did a few weeks ago. I’m still getting used to using watercolor, but I really liked the abstract look of it. The color use was a lot of fun to play around with. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out and framed it for my son’s nursery 🙂

Deer Sketch

deersketch

 

Materials: HB, 2B, 4B, kneaded eraser

Time: 3 hours

I wanted to take a break from my shading series and put my techniques to practice! I have been on an animal kick lately, and thought it would be really fun to draw a deer. Something about the contrast and detail in the horns, to the fun shading in the face and ears made me want to take on the challenge. I had a lot of fun with this drawing. The tones took a while to layer because there are SUCH dark tones in the eyes, nose/mouth, and horns. Almost all the detail was done with a .5 mm HB mechanical pencil & a kneaded eraser.

Thanks for reading! 😀

Shading Series: Portrait of a Kitten

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Materials (.9 Mechanical Pencil, kneaded eraser, tortillon)

Time: 3 hours

This is my 3rd drawing of my Shading Series done from Lee Hammond’s book. And this was my first drawing done with a tortillon. I don’t know why I haven’t picked any up sooner! It was a dream to blend with. It was also my first drawing of an animal where I used fur/hair in the details, because if you’ve been following a while, you know it’s a weak area of mine. It was difficult to draw and shade, and add detail and I started over and had a lot of redos. However, I think it was a great learning experience and I look forward to practicing my sketches of furry animals 🙂

Shading Series: Flamingo

This is the second animal in my shading series. You can find the first here.

flamingo

Materials: Mechanical Pencil (.9, HB)

Time: 1 hour

This one was fun! Lots of layers of shading & lots of fun detail. I’m definitely learning to take my time to layer the values. I used to start  a drawing & work from one area to the next, however Hammond has you start by laying down the darkest values first, then midtones, then blending & highlights and to add detail last. It has been a very valuable lesson.

Up next: Kitten

Shading Series: Seal

This week, I’m really working on my technique. And I decided I really want to work on shading. On a whim, I purchased Lee Hammonds “Big Book of Drawing”, and am going to go through her animal section to work on my shading technique.

The first animal she starts out with is a seal:

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Materials: Mechanical pencil

Time: 45 mins

She has her reader shade with blending stumps (tortillons), however the only “blending stump” I have is my finger, so you can kinda tell in some areas that the shading could’ve been smoother. The animals in her series progressively get harder. Next up is a flamingo, so stay tuned 😉

 

Cat and the Fishbowl

Cat and the Fishbowl

Cat and the Fishbowl

I have been on a hiatus! No posts in 3-4 months. Well, I’m back 🙂 I’ve missed drawing, I’ve just been busy with life. Raising 2 young kids, while expecting our 3rd in November is enough to keep me busy. 

Materials: Mechanical Pencil (HB), 2B, 4B, 2H, kneaded eraser

Time: appx. 4 hours

This was a very fun drawing. The shading in this drawing was extremely challenging, and I found the most difficult part to be was creating the “glass” look with the fishbowl. Surprisingly, the cat and fish subjects were the easiest and quickest for me to do. I spent most my time highlighting and shading the fishbowl itself trying to create a realistic look. The light source is clearly from the left-handed side and the background shading was extremely important in this drawing. A lot of the images came from negative space (ie the cat). Overall I’m pleased with the way it turned out. If I were to do this drawing again, I’d spend more time and detail on the shape of the fishbowl..I don’t find it perfectly spherical. I’d also add more detail to the cat (like hair and fur and whiskers), but if you’ve been around the blog a while, you know that I have a fear of drawing “hair” (aka I’m not very good at it) 😀

If anybody is still around, thanks for reading! I’ll be posting a lot more drawings in the coming weeks, so check back! And as always, I appreciate any feedback (including the harsh & constructive)! Thanks 🙂

Elephant Sketch

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Time: ~10 hours

This was by far the most challenging drawing I’ve done to date. I absolutely got immersed in it and enjoyed every minute of it. There were a couple points in the drawing I wondered if I had gotten in above my head (esp. around the eye and the bottom of the trunk) but I took my time, did what I could and was pleased with the finished product. I did it in a 6X6 size so I can frame it.

I started in the upper left hand corner and worked my way down, then across, then back up. I did this so I wouldn’t smear my graphite across the paper as I was drawing. I ended up doing the eye and detailing last, then shaded over the whole drawing in a couple spots. I have had a few people ask me how I get so much depth and shading, and the answer is really using your graphite. The darkest pencil I have is 6B.. I used that for the darkest spots, and the lightest pencil I used was a 2H. I also have a paper (I use Strathmore or Canson) that can hold up to 20 layers of pencil, and I think that definitely helps. And as always, I use a kneaded eraser to do my highlights.. it makes it so simple, because I tend to smear a lot.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

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