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Iberian Lynx in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I finished drawing this Iberian Lynx. This was a fun “big cat” to draw!

I find that drawing animal fur is actually relaxing. I used to think it felt frustrating and monotonous years ago when I first began drawing, though. But I enjoy drawing furry animals so much that now I just find it a soothing challenge.

I hope you are all doing well. I also hope today is the first day of healing for the United States of America!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Cheetah in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I began drawing this Cheetah! I finished it just now after working on it for a few hours this afternoon. Lots of spots!

I think he is a bit too tall, but with those legs he may be able to run even faster, ha ha!

So this is my third drawing in my series of wild cats. So far I have drawn a lion head and a tiger (but no bear), oh my!

I will probably be working on my class lessons tomorrow or this weekend. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Eyes in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

This is for the second class this week in Paint Your Heart & Soul. Our instructor was Saskia van Drunen.

She showed us how to use Strathmore Toned Tan paper. The tan paper is for showing the midtones. We only used a mechanical pencil which I don’t normally draw with. To add the shading we used a blending stump which I never seem to think of when I am drawing either. But I will now! Lastly, we used a white charcoal pencil for the lightest areas. Unfortunately, my whitest areas look bluish in the photo, because it is a foggy day outside which affects the light.

The things I liked about this lesson were:

1) She showed us that eyes are all different shapes depending on the person’s expression.

2) She pointed out that eyelashes look more realistic when they are drawn in clumps, not all the way around the eye.

I enjoyed learning how to draw expressive eyes with Saskia. She explained things very well.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Tiger in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Here is the tiger I drew the other day! This is one of the most challenging animals I have ever tried to draw! I think I probably ought to have drawn it in a bigger sketch book. But the reference photo does show it sitting on some kind of concrete slab I think. And it doesn’t show the whole tail either. But I am not sure its proportions are correct. It looks kind of funny to me, ha ha!!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Lion in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I drew this lion in pencil. I was thinking that I have never drawn any BIG cats like lions, leopards, tigers or panthers. So I decided to give it a go.

The other night I also drew a tiger which I will post tomorrow.

My online classes began yesterday for Let’sfaceit2021. The teacher is a new one for me. But for some reason I just couldn’t seem to draw a face intuitively yesterday! I haven’t been doing portraits much during the break. So I will try again today.

Tomorrow my class for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 starts. I am excited about that one since I have never done it before.

I hope you are all having a great week so far.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Rabbits in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Here are the rabbits I drew and mentioned in my last post. I have missed drawing animals as I said yesterday. I have heard that the class of Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 which I signed up for does include drawing and painting animals as well as other things besides people, so I am excited for that class!

I also signed up for Let’s Face It again for 2021. I don’t plan on trying to do everything in both classes, because that would be way too much for me. Also, I plan to spend much more time exercising than I did this year! I did way too much sitting in 2020! I am proud of all of the things I learned and the art I did, but I did not do it around an exercise routine like I needed to! So that has to change! I may also try to post more regularly but only a couple of times a week this coming year.

I hope you are all doing well and staying physically and emotionally healthy!

Have a wonderful dsy! 😀

 

 

Mice and Rats in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

I have been taking a break from doing art since my classes ended a couple of weeks ago. It has actually been nice to just spend more time exercising, reading, and watching movies. Plus today I broke down boxes that were piling up and put them in the recycling.

I did, however, do a little sketching. I decided to do a few mice and a couple of rats. I also sketched a couple of rabbits that I will post tomorrow. One is kind of goofy in its elongated size, but it is one that had been unfinished in my sketch book for a long time. I have missed drawing animals!

I hope everyone’s holidays have been nice and relaxing; ours was this year! I only bought a couple of things online for gifts, because I don’t get out to go Christmas shopping anymore anyway. I don’t need the stress!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Let’s Face It 2020 is Finished!

Hello Friends!

Here are all of the portraits I did this year for my course Let’sfaceit2020! They are all hanging in my studio at the moment. And they are randomly hung. The last one is of our kids many years ago at Lassen Park near our home. I may do it over and make them bigger since their faces were so small and difficult to paint. It is a composite of four photos we took, and I painted them altogether on an 8×10″ canvas!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Scooby-Doo in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Friday night we killed an hour watching an old fun favorite cartoon, “”Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”

So I decided to draw ole Scoob! So fun.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Audrey Hepburn in Monochrome

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I decided to paint my first monochrome painting in acrylics. This was really challenging, however, I was working from a black and white photo that is the cover of the book “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney.

The only colors I used were, black, white, and Payne’s Gray. I painted it on a 12×12″ canvas. I was going to do a charcoal drawing of it first. But I started sketching it in pencil and then decided to paint it in acrylics instead. I still may do a charcoal drawing of her, but from a different picture.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

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