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…

Landscape sketch in Amado, AZ

I haven’t been doing much personal art during the last few weeks because I have several pet portrait commissions that I’m working on. They’re going really well, but I don’t have much energy left for other art projects at the end of the day. Over the weekend we took the camper south (which, coming from Phoenix means we were practically in Mexico) in search of new views and relaxation. Unfortunately we weren’t able to find a boondocking spot but one of the RV parks in Amado had a spot left that we were able to snag. Apparently this time of…

Watersoluble pencil sketch in Zion National Park

On one of my walks through Zion National Park last week, I stopped on the trail to sketch out a scene from the landscape. This was near Canyon Crossing on the Pa’rus trail. I used a Derwent Inktense pencil in Sepia in a HandBook Travelogue Sketchbook, and after sketching in the marks used a waterbrush to make a toned wash. The sun hitting the rocks, mountains, and trees was making such interesting shadow shapes, which is what I was capturing here.