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5/31/2010

penguins

sketched from dirty jobs on tv
rockhopper penguins:
and African penguins:
swimming
braying
here's daughter's drawing of the same penguin:

5/28/2010

geese

Sketches from two different days, off a tv program. The geese were not the focus of the show, but I haven't drawn them often so paused at just the right spot.

5/27/2010

antelopes

very loose sketch of some does- antelope of some kind I can't remember which, from a nature documentary

5/25/2010

hogs

watched dirty jobs where he fed some pigs, so I drew 'em with the uniball

5/24/2010

hyenas

sketched while watching a nature documentary

5/23/2010

mule

sketch of a mule, ballpoint pen

5/21/2010

squirrel

in brown colored pencil

5/20/2010

lioness

snarling. Ballpoint pen.

5/19/2010

foxy

The little fox sketch I've put into my header, rollerball pen.

5/18/2010

5/16/2010

warthogs

sketched with a uniball pen

5/15/2010

more ringtails

They're such winsome little creatures. At least, in appearance! More sketches from photos, same blue pen.

5/14/2010

ringtail

Another sketch of a ringtail cat, ballpoint pen (blue Pilot easytouch), from a photo.

5/13/2010

fowl

 Brief pen sketch of a few guina fowl. They have bright blue heads with red atop, and dark bodies with speckles. Striking birds.
this drawing available here

5/11/2010

ringtail

Quick little sketch of a ringtail cat, ballpoint pen.

5/08/2010

bovine

No real sketch today, just a doodle made while playing Cranium
"is it a pig?"
"no, it's a cow"

5/07/2010

beaver

Sketched in pencil from a stuffed model at the local nature center.

5/05/2010

cheetah cub

Young cheetah just beginning to loose his mantle. Sketched from a wildlife documentary, ballpoint pen. I think I made his neck too long.

5/04/2010

more foxes

Sketched from a photo, blue ink pilot easytouch.
If you want to see the fox colors, have to look at my daughter's drawing!

5/03/2010

some birds

a songbird of some kind, colored pencil
pelicans, ditto

5/02/2010

another fox

Sketched with the pilot easytouch pen

5/01/2010

flores

I'm always drawing animals, but though I love plants, I don't sketch them often. Today sat down with a vase of pink azaleas cut from my yard, tried to draw them. It was difficult to get the delicate feel of the flowers with line, framed by straighter shapes of leaves. When I was done I had a hard time picking out the flowers from the foliage, it just didn't jump out at first glance: these are azaleas. So I picked up Isa's colored pencils and added a bit of hue. Now it looks nicer, and immediately recognizable.

As I was using her pencils, of course my daughter had to come see what I was doing. She wanted to draw flowers too. Here's her drawing:

I think it's pretty good for a five-year-old!