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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



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


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.


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

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 🙂

Tree frog (take 2)

Hello! I haven’t gotten around to posting in a while–doesn’t mean I haven’t been drawing 😉 I will probably do a group of posts in a few weeks. I’ve been working on some sketches for Christmas presents for the family. I also was given some oil pastels, so we’ll see what becomes of that, they are a little intimidating.

If you can’t tell, I love drawing frogs. Here is the first one I drew. I finished this lovely this week:


Time: Long (7-8 hoursish)

Materials: Mostly HB, 4H, B & kneaded eraser.

Again, I love tree frogs, and find them super fun to draw. I purchased THIS  picture from Shutterstock so I could own the rights ($19!!! –holy cow, anyone know any cheaper RF stock photog sites?) This was my first drawing that I’ve done from a real photograph. I’m really trying to master translating color into value through the pencil. You really have to train your brain to see in a different way. Also, sometimes I think I “overshade”, maybe it’s just my style but I was trained to use an intense array of values, so in most my drawings you will find black, white & all the values inbetween. I think it adds depth and character to a drawing, but on the other hand I can see where it can make it seem less realistic.

Part of the reason this took me so long is because I gave some extra attention to the details of the frog. For example, instead of just shading the belly (and under the mouth), I added the bumps/circles to give it a more realistic look. I also gave some more detail to the stick this time. As much as I wanted to rush through & complete it (this is my biggest challenge on all my drawings, I just want to get to the finished product)–I’m glad I spent the extra time working out the details.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section 🙂

Frog on a Log

Materials: .5 mechanical pencil, 4H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, kneaded eraser, q-tip

With this picture, I used an instructors tutorial (I made modifications) for the frog and I freehanded the log. Surprisingly the hardest part was actually drawing the frog–getting the proportions and features to look realistic was a little bit challenging. For me, the shading & blending was the easy part. I do not have a blending stump, but used my fingers & a q-tip. (I actually don’t recommend using a q-tip, I wanted to avoid getting a ton of graphite all over my hands, but q-tips don’t blend easy, the cotton absorbs too much lead). The whole thing took about 4-5 hours. I drew everything with my mechanical & added a tremendous amount of layers starting with a HB & worked up to a 6B for the darkest spots.  Anyways, overall, I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I kinda want to go back and add some more detail & shading, especially to the frog’s back & more detail & highlights in the log. But you can bet I will be drawing more tree frogs! They’re my favorite 🙂

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