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7/31/2012

humpback

whale with calf
sketched from nature documentary

possum

I sketched this guy last year too, at the Museum of Natural History

7/30/2012

Flamingo 2

gestures
the necks bent all ways to rest or preen
attitude!

Flamingoes

sketched from photos I took at a zoo

Tamandu

from the Museum- the animal was posed facing into a termite mound, plus there was an information panel in front of the display case, so it was hard to get a good view of him.

The Tamandu is a small arboreal anteater

7/29/2012

wild hogs 2

from the Museum
wild boar
sketched a year ago as well

pine marten

from the Museum

7/28/2012

sharks 2

young blue shark

7/27/2012

seahorse

study of the head, side and front

fishes 3

sketched a few fish the turtle lived with among a floating raft of seaweed when small;
don't know the species. The first one was a pale dull color with dun stripes and spots, almost gray
the second one was greeny-yellow irridescent

7/26/2012

crabs

little crabs on the shore that scurried to catch the baby turtles as they left the nest

wader

white wading bird on the shore (these were all the same bird, caught in different poses)

baby turtles

Watched a film last night about the life of loggerhead turtles (seafaring). Did some sketching.

7/24/2012

odd ones

some strange critters I drew at the Museum of Natural History, animals I'd never heard of before, much less seen or drawn

Pink fairy armadillo I do believe the first one pictured is the exact specimen I drew
Solenodon, a shrewlike creature with a long snout
springhare, an animal in its own family. Its hind feet have very long straight claws.

7/22/2012

rabbits

from the Museum again...
arctic hare
cape hare

7/20/2012

toddling

still awful at hands...

7/19/2012

tall trio

When I look at the pattern on reticulated giraffes, it appears that white lines form the shapes more than the bold spots. I tried three methods here of making the spots. The first giraffe I drew the outlines of the spots, then filled in. The second one I freehanded the shapes with hatching, just eyeballing it. The last one I actually drew lines to represent the white between the shapes, then filled among them. If I'd done the lines with pencil to then erase it, I think that method would have had the best effect.

7/18/2012

prickly

two spiny animals from the Museum of Natural History,
the echidna (only other egg-laying mammal):
and a Cape porcupine (another one of my favorite drawings from that day):

hanging

Two critters that were hanging head-down at the museum, the two-toed sloth:
and the kinkajou:

jaguarundi

I've always been curious about this rare cat, seldom seen and little-known.
The second sketch here was drawn last year at the museum; at that time I felt I'd made the ears too large. Both times I've felt that the legs are too long, in photos I've seen it looks like the jaguarundi has relatively short legs but I drew it that way both times so this specimen at least, must have appeared long-legged. Or maybe because the back is arched, the body doesn't look as long as it really is...

civet

Another animal I drew a year ago at the Museum of Natural History: African civet

7/17/2012

kids

Last night I tried to draw my kids from my own photos. Faces are hard enough to draw, especially when it's someone you know (if you get the least detail wrong, it just doesn't look like them). Children's faces are particularly difficult, at least for me. You work too much on a child's face and it looks awful, needs to stay minimal lines. Well, I did my best and it's a lot better than my last attempt but I still have a long way to go. (It's the mouths that are wrong. If you cover that up and just look at the eyes and top of head, it almost looks recognizable like my kids).

This first I did from a photo taken just a month ago.
the second sketch I did was from when the youngest was five or six months old.
I have to do this more often. There's no other way to get better at drawing people, than to just draw them!

canines

more Museum of Natural History animals
Red Fox:
Fennec (I drew this guy last year too):
Maned Wolf:
Silverback Jackal:
Gray Wolf:
Gray Fox and cub: