Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rabbit WIP 3

Here is the latest progress on the rabbit drawing. It seemed to take forever to draw in all those pine needles. I can't believe how the time seemed to pass while I was drawing in all the tones in the needles. Yikes! Not sure exactly what area of this drawing I'm going to work on next. For some reason the fur scares me, but I think that the ground cover is going to be even more scary. So may opt for the fur next.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Rabbit WIP 2

Continuing on with the rabbit...I always start with the eyes, so I have shaded in the eye and then much of the dark areas around the rabbit. At least this scan shows the drawing better. It's so difficult to scan just the outline.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Rabbit WIP 1

OK I have started the drawing on the rabbit I took a photograph of in Yellowstone National Park. I believe it is a Mountain Cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii). I have an outline of the rabbit done and most of the tree branches I plan on shading in with the most detail completed. The ground cover still needs to be outlined in. Here are a couple images of the progress so far. The first image I have edited from the scan so you can see it a little better. The second image shows it more as it looks right now (the scanner has added a little bit of darker areas where it is actually supposed to be the white of the paper...don't know why and figured these images were good enough to serve this purpose). Maybe one day I'll get the scanner figured out better :) {Click on the images to see them slightly larger. I realize it is very difficult to see, but that's what is needed at this point of the drawing phase. When the images are viewed a little larger, you'll be able to see the detail better.}

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Next Project: Rabbit

I've finally decided on my next drawing. I took a great picture of a rabbit last year at Yellowstone National Park (at least my opinion it is a great reference picture). It is going to be a challenge for me that's for sure, but it will give me good practice on different textures. I'm sure I need the challenge. It will also be the first rabbit I've drawn. Yikes! Soft hair of the rabbit, coarse texture of the bark on the branches on the ground, and smooth texture of the pine needles on the tree it's laying next to/under, are all going to be a challenge. I think I'm most nervous about the rabbit's fur though. I will need patience.

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." ~John Quincy Adams

For some reason, I'm not so sure patience will make the difficulties of this disappear, but I'm sure patience will help. I'll find some time to begin this drawing and update as I go.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

"Someday" Is Completed

I have finally completed the drawing for the Ducks Unlimited Auction. That was quite the task drawing the reeds/grass and water. The finished product turned out quite well though. Now to frame it so it's ready to go to some lucky bidder.

I am in the process of testing out new papers ~ trying to find the "perfect" one. The paper I used for this drawing is Fabriano Rosaspina, which is 60% cotton, acid-free paper. It has a neutral pH to resist aging. It's also a very heavy weight (220 gsm). Although this is great archival quality paper, it does have a very slight texture to it. I prefer very smooth paper. Other graphite artists like texture on their paper, but I don't. Sometimes the texture gets in the way of the texture I'm trying to create. I found it very difficult to get the shades I was used to getting when drawing on other paper using the same pencils. The shades were always lighter than on other paper. Sometimes the lighter shade was good, but I found it very frustrating when I was trying to get very dark tones. My pencil of choice is the Staedtler mechanical pencil. It is so much more consistent than the normal "pencil". However, I found when using my favorite Staedtler mechanical pencil, it would leave an indent in the paper and then be very difficult to add more tones on top of those indents, no matter how lightly I pressed on the paper. I had to resort to using my other Derwent graphic pencils (that I use very rarely now since finding the mechanical pencils). The Derwent pencils worked better though and I had softer grades to use which allowed me to get darker tones. I also seemed to keep seeing fibers from this paper as I was drawing. The more I went over a spot to add more tone, the more the fibers were evident, and also when trying to blend the graphite. I hadn't had that problem before...This was the first time I used the Fabriano Rosaspina paper, I will use the last sheet of this paper at one point in time, and then I doubt I will purchase or use it again.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Ducks Unlimited Drawing

I began the task of shading in the reeds and grass today. There is still quite a bit of work to do on that part. Here is the progress so far.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Ducks Unlimited Drawing Continued

Today I continued work on the Ducks Unlimited drawing. I shaded in the Bufflehead and a little of the reflection/water.

A little closer view of the Bufflehead:

Ducks Unlimited Drawing Started

I have begun work on a donation for Ducks Unlimited. It is a Yellow Lab Puppy peaking out of the reeds at a Bufflehead swimming by. I thought that would be a cute idea...The scan below shows what I have completed so far on the drawing.

Here is a little closer view of the puppy...