This is my first attempt at the (Aquatic) African Clawed Frog that lives in our library's fish tank. A kind of fascinating/repulsive/beautiful/comic creature. He/She moved after a bit, and so I didn't get time to draw all his parts right. (Also wound up a bit too cutesy-looking.)
Caran d'Ache Supracolor II Black and Greyish Black w/s pencils & wash in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook
I just returned from a trip to Michigan, and did this watercolor while there of a lime and cherries.
I suppose this would qualify as my first "real" watercolor, as there's no pen or anything else (other than the pencil lay-in). This is also my first attempt at using masking fluid (for the highlights).
W&N watercolors in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook
I started sketching this zebra at the Field Museum, quickly ran out of time (Henry had finished his zebra), took a photo of it, and continued work at home.
I wonder how long ago this creature lived? Some of the stuffed specimens at the Field are from the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Anyway, as I worked on this I couldn't help but think of what it's life might have been like, and also came to feel that it's pose reflected its anguish at its fate.
Rapidograph pen, brush and ink, Caran d'Ache (Umber) & Derwent water soluble colored pencils in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook
I liked this tree I saw in the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park and tried my hand at drawing it with a Pitt brush marker I recently bought. I like this, but I do think Tombow brush markers allow a finer line.
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist (Brush) Pen on Strathmore Wet Media paper
This goose was standing ahead of me as I walked along the path at our local nature center. I thought I'd push my luck and sit down right in front of him (8 or so feet away) and try to draw his or her portrait. Well, this kind bird sat virtually still for 40 minutes! Long enough for me to draw him (or her) in ink and then add color with watercolors. Thanks, pal.
Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pen with Windsor & Newton watercolors in Moleskine sketchbook
If this Bruynzeel Sienna pencil holds out, I can finish this. I need to further even out the contrast between the highlights and shadows. (Too bad the paper I grabbed to draw this on has a notch cut out of it.)
The idea here is to emulate Watteau's "Trois Crayon" technique, although I am not really using the exact colors he did. He used Red, Black and White chalk. I am using Sienna, Black and White colored pencils.
I have most of the deepest shadows done on the hand and some of the highlights. Time to fill in all the rest of the mid-tones. The background black may get some water brushed on it to deepen the black and make the hand pop out more.
Bruynzeel and Caran d'Ache colored pencils on colored paper
I follow Dinotopia creator James Gurney's blog pretty religiously. I liked a photo of him drawing Joy, a donkey born on Christmas Day 2009, so I had to draw her with some pencils I had just received from my family for Christmas.