For the past few weeks, I’ve been meticulously studying animals and how to draw them. I started off doing many pencil drawings (not pictured in this post), but here are my most recent animal sketches from a very small sketchbook. I drew them all with a ballpoint pen without penciling them in first or erasing (something I didn’t even know I was capable of doing until just a few days ago). The cheetah scanned a bit blurry in one spot because the drawing spans two pages and I could not press the pages perfectly flat.
Below, you will see a wolf running in the snow, a happy fox looking up at you, a cheetah lying on a grassy mound, a cat’s head in profile, and a Borzoi dog resting its head on a cushion.
So, I found some old drawings I had made during the 1990s when I was a child. Only one had a date on it (the gorilla from 1997 — in which I would have been age 13 or 14), but I recognize from the poses and textures that all of the drawings come from a “how-to-draw” animals book I got as a kid. I’m guessing the more primitive-looking drawings are from an earlier date, such as 1995, so I assume I drew them all around the same year (in which I would have been 12 years old). This year (2017), I redrew some of the animals, and you can see the comparisons below . . .
Here is some art I created back in high school called “Midnight Prowler.” (If it looks a little messed up, it’s because this is a scan of an old photograph. The original artwork is too big to put in my scanner). I’m not entirely sure, but I think the medium is charcoal pencil (although it could be graphite). I thought this one was appropriate for Halloween and so decided to share it. Enjoy!
I have not posted much lately because I’ve been working on polishing up my art skills and I’ve also been dealing with a lot of personal things (depression, chronic illness, etc.). Everything has been pretty overwhelming lately. So here’s a random, varied selection of some of my older artwork for you to enjoy . . .
I wasn’t satisfied with the video I made where I colored Eugene with colored pencils, so I made a new one where I paint the same character in a different style with watercolors. This one is more realistic and less cartoony than the first one.
I had a lot of trouble making the video, including having to reinstall the software I was using to record it after it got corrupted!
Darn you, Eugene! Not only are you a troublemaker for Dr. M, but you’re also a troublemaker for me! (Heh, heh.)