On Sunday, my wife and I ventured out to draw some animals. It can be challenging to draw animals from life because, well, they move. The bison were super fun to draw and we witnessed them frolic in excitement because their workday was over and it was food time. The wild life center discarded their old Xmas trees in the enclosures for the animals to play with and one of the bison headbutted the tree in excitement. I'd never seen that before. The pigs were still young and boisterous, but the cow was easy to draw because it was just relaxing in the sun. Here are some of the highlights from my sketchbook.
I limited myself to strictly 30 minutes. I feel like I am able to get the gesture fairly well, but I still have a ways to go to capturing the light and form properly.
This one was tough, I probably spent more than 30 minutes on it. But the point of this isn't about the final image, right? Its supposed to be a learning process. I feel like I still have a lot to learn...
Some new and old sketches! These are mostly warm-up exercises.
I've recently joined a few new sketch groups. The first is Savannah Drink N Draw, where a small group of people get together and sketch at a local pub. Usually each night a theme is presented, but there's no pressure to necessarily draw the theme, its just more of a guideline. They have an instragram page that I recommend following, because some crazy stuff gets posted, especially on their Exquisite Corpse nights. Check it out here: http://instagram.com/drinkndraw They also have a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SavannahDrinkandDraw
I've also joined a Facebook group called Daily Drawing Challenge. This group was started by an old professor of mine from SCAD and features a new photo each day to serve as inspiration for a warm-up sketch. Here are the first 6 days worth of sketches. We're up to Day 16 now, and I am behind, so I may post a few more image-heavy posts like this.
Day 1: This is Copic F01 drawing pen and brush pen on 6x6 bristol vellum. I love these Copic Drawing pens. They're nib tips, so they allow for some nice line variation, and you don't have to keep dipping in ink like a traditional nib or brush.
Day 2: I decided to get some inking practice in Manga Studio. There can never be enough inking practice.
Day 3: The photo was a barbarian holding an axe, but I decided to turn it into Axe Cop. Just a quick sketch in my sketchbook.
Day 4: This one is brush pen on paper. I wanted to go for a Tsutomu Nihei look from BLAME!
Day 5 and 6: These are just quick sketches in my sketchbook. Day 5 was the day before Thanksgiving, and everything after that I didn't have time to do.