The Zooly Art Challenge has got me back in the studio, though my eyesight challenges are still, um, challenging. This week I’ll be getting my other new eye, and hopefully then I’ll be balanced, though there may be further adjustments via glasses needed. In the meantime, I’ve been getting little daily works of art done.
I started out doing another little Moleskine book with animal comics, but after several days of struggling with working that small (the pages are 3.5×5.5 inches) with mismatched eyes, I’ve moved to just doing some sketches in pencil and watercolour, which might be how I go on with the challenge from here. I’ve already posted the Snow Leopard, here’s the rest of the first week:
I really love having access to the visual feast of the internet — It takes up way less room than the shelves of musty old National Geographics I used to keep for reference, and it’s way faster to find what I have in mind to draw. Alas, I don’t have an attribution for the photo I worked from. It was from the site Save the Orangutan, though they only use it as their header; here is the photo as it appeared on Google Images for comparison to my drawing. You can see that I took some small liberties in my interpretation.
My Cape Buffalo reference was from an article in the Animal Facts Encyclopedia — I’m learning so much about all these animals! If you just want to see the image, here’s the link. You may notice in comparing it to my drawing that I didn’t quite capture the massiveness of the mama buffalo; she’s a bit squashed compared to the reference. I’m going to blame that on astigmatism in the eye that is yet to be done — curiously, this illustrates the difference between the current state of my eyes perfectly.
And that’s it for week one of Zooly! I’ll be posting the prompts for the second week tomorrow morning. It’s not too late to join in the fun — for more information, see these posts: