Monday, April 18, 2011

African Bush Elephant Head Study - Progressions 1

I tend to get bored easily with just one drawing (typical me!) so yesterday I started this elephant. He's more of a study drawing. I'm concentrating only on the head features to learn more about the textures of his skin and his anatomy. Elephants are amazing intelligent and highly sociable animals. Sadly we're seeing more and more news of poaching going on for their ivory. The iconic Musango Bull was killed last year by a trophy hunter. A sad ending to a magnificent tusker such as he was. I've used 4H, 2H, H and HB so far on this drawing.

A Lady in Waiting - Progressions 3

I've been taking my time with this drawing. Horses are complicated with many muscles in their heads. It's far from perfect. The rosette isn't perfectly rounded as it should be but I'm not going to change it so far into the drawing. I'm still using many layers of 2H,4H,H,HB and in some parts B pencil. Her eye is a challenge with the many folds and shadings within it. But so far I'm quite happy with her progress. I have two drawings on the go at the moment and enjoying doing both of them.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Lady in Waiting - Progressions 2

I'm slowly graduating the grades of pencil and adding in the finer detail as I go. There's no hurry to do this. Hopefully she will turn out okay. It's been a while since I've done something as large as this drawing is. I've really enjoyed doing this one!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Lady in Waiting - Progressions 1

I love horses. I have a 30 year old 1st cross quarter horse here with me on the farm. This beautiful mare was half sleeping in the sunshine at a local show while she was waiting for her class to start. I could resist grabbing a photo of her. She sure was indeed an elegant lady.