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pallas cat

I was so enchanted with this video, tried drawing a few pallas cats myself. They are small wildcats of Siberia, with long thick fur, small heads and tiny ears set low on a broad face. My first sketch was entirely from memory:
then I looked at photos again and saw I had the markings wrong the forehead has spots not stripes, so I did this sketch to fix the coat pattern:
and this one

and another final one dashed off looking at photo ref, which really gets the face impression down but it was so quick nothing polished
 on all the eyes are still too large as I was stuck by their expression like a wide-eyed stare but hey, that was fun!


Black Stallion continued

More drawings! I thought it would be fun to show some where I had drawn nearly the same pose both times I sketched from the film. The first drawing in each pair is from eight years ago, in pencil; the second from two days ago, in pen.

matching poses
then and now: head shake
then and now: walking away
then and now: trotting

then and now: head low

the Black Stallion

Disney's Black Stallion movie has always been one of my favorite films. You can tell how much because not only have I watched it many times, but also drawn and sketched from it! Most recently, I got it to show my daughter and we both did some drawing a few days ago.

Here are some of my drawings from that recent viewing:

this one was the most fun and challenging to draw; horse rolling on his back in the sand
and my daughter's (she's five):
What's fun is that I went through old sketchbooks and folders and found drawings from two others times I watched this movie; some from when I was thirteen, others from just eight years ago (college).  I like looking back to see how my drawing skills and style have changed.

Here are a few drawings from when I was thirteen:
 and some from eight years ago:
note: the previous year's drawings were done in pencil; the ones I did recently with two different pens


fennec fox

Some more sketches from the Museum of Natural History.
A fennec, that little desert fox with huge ears


and for all the world like he's laughing:



a ringtail cat, from the Museum of Natural History again:



from the museum of natural history


More sketches from the Museum of Natural History.
Barbary sheep viewed from the side:
and from below:



Yesterday I spent two and a half hours at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. My favorite section (besides the bones) is the hall of mammals- with all the taxidermied animals. I started with the bats: