This is Day Three of my Earth Week special series, of animals I’ve drawn in the past year in my sketchbook (and occasionally on random pieces of paper). Today’s post is a collection of creatures from very small to very large (though not the smallest or the largest), celebrating the diversity of forms of the animals on our planet.
The Clouded Leopard is an amazing acrobat! They live in the Himalayan foothills, southeast Asia, and southern China, and are very endangered. They are very secretive, and are one of the best climbers of all the cats. Coloured Pencil.
Strictly speaking, this Egret in breeding plumage is not in my sketchbook; it’s on black watercolour paper. I wanted to try painting light on dark, because the bird shows up so dramatically against a dark background. It’s mostly in gouache (opaque watercolour) with the feathers being drawn in with a gel pen.
Some creatures look simple and turn out to be more complicated than one could imagine. Grasshoppers are intricate marvels, and although this one also had wonderfully coloured markings, I couldn’t bring myself to go any further with this drawing for fear of messing it up. Perhaps I’ll do it digitally sometime. Coloured Pencil.
Guinea Pigs are another one of those simple-at-first-glance types. In fact, I was tempted to just draw a tribble-like ball of fur when we had this prompt for Zooly, but I looked at a lot of photos and realized they have quite a lot of personality. Those cute little noses and adorable pink “hands” cured me of ever again thinking guinea pigs were boring! Ink and Watercolour Pencil.
Sometimes I draw something and just know that it could have been better. (OK, I admit it, a lot of times I feel that way. Maybe most times.) Sometimes I try again. Sometimes I pop them into a digital program or app and play with them some more, just to see what happens. That’s what I did with this one:
I liked the basic composition of these orcas, but thought the original (Ink and Coloured Pencil) was kind of ho-hum (well, it was just a sketch). So I played with it in Photoshop, then put that version through Prisma, an app I have on my phone. I did a whole bunch of versions which I won’t bore you with, but this was my favourite out of the bunch. It was fun, and the process gave me some ideas for things I might try in a future painted version.
That’s it for Day Three! See you tomorrow!