Sketching animal faces: fox

There are elements from today’s animal sketch of a fox face that I like, but there are definitely some areas that I’m unhappy with. The shapes of the nose and mouth area are off, and the eyes are too heavy. I can see that those are the areas I fussed with the most and they didn’t improve much the more I fussed! Reference image from Pixabay The water soluble graphite would be best put back in the drawer for the time being while I focus on one thing at a time, lol. My favorite animal sketch from this week’s project…

Sketching animal faces: cow

Reference image from Pixabay What is it about cows that are so delightful to draw or paint? I think it’s the chunky features, and those ears. Something about the way the ears come off the side of the head like that…I also really like the way shadows fall on them, being outdoors in the sun and all. I included a bit of simple shading on this sketch to suggest the form. I pulled out my little handbook travelogue sketchbook for this one. It’s one I had put away awhile back, and during the move totally forgot I even had it….

Sketching animal faces: bunny

For today’s animal face sketch I chose a bunny because I wanted to practice their large ears and eye shape that’s very different from a cat or dog. Plus they’re just adorable. Reference image from Pixabay I approached suggesting fur and shadow in the same way as yesterday’s cat, but it wasn’t quite working as well. The loopy squiggles weren’t consistent with the fur on the bunny, so I erased many of them and went for shorter and straighter lines instead. I also erased out most of the initial sketch lines of the contour — they were really fighting with…

Sketching animal faces: cat

I had a lot more success with today’s sketch — both in the time it took and how it looks. I like the looseness of it and as I sketched I imagined what it might be like to paint in the fur. Reference image from Pixabay This grey toned sketchbook paper is nice for these studies because it helps take away the intimidation of a white page. It’s the same idea as toning a canvas before painting.

Sketching animal faces: dog

This week, in addition to my focused practice of 3-value studies, I’m doing daily animal face sketches to work proportions. First up is a weimaraner dog: My original intent was to make this a quick and casual sketch using the dot-to-line contour approach, but it ended up a way longer study. The eye on the left gave me a ton of trouble. The problem was in trying to go quickly because I stopped really looking at the shapes and assumed I knew what it looked like. Big mistake! I kept working at it until it improved and finally had to…