100 gesture studies complete – Day 17

I’m happy to have completed my daily challenge of doing 100 gesture studies of different animals! I noticed that a few animals tended to turn out better than others. Fish, birds, domestic cats, and insects often looked more interesting than primates, bears, and large cats. Maybe it has something to do with the scale of the animal and the 5-minute time limit. I’d say my most-improved animal is the horse. It came up many days so there were lots of opportunities to keep trying. Things that went well By doing 6 each day, I was able to reflect on each…

Gesture studies Day 16

My rooster is about to fall over, but I’m really happy with the cat sketch! I paid close attention to the angle on the back, trying to capture that head-down prowl of cats. I just started reading Painting Your Favorite Animals in Pen, Ink & Watercolor by Claudia Nice and the beginning section helped me today. I envisioned the limbs of the cat and dog as ovals going up and alongside the torso and it made those two figures easier to draw. But that was also because they’re profile views and not foreshortened. That fish was a tricky one! At…

Value studies Day 2

Yesterday I learned just how fast 10 minutes can go by with these value studies. And that using pencils was a slower way for me to describe the dark and mid tones. So today I chose reference images with fewer objects and painted the dark and mid tones in with black ink. One thing I focused on today was to see where I could join shadow shapes and turn them into larger abstracted shapes. I like the way this holds things together and integrates the separate elements with each other. I got too nitpicky with the second sketch and ran…