Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Watercolor Sketchbook - One is the loneliest number...

So I painted two of every animal. These are from the Capital of Texas zoo. I did all the paintings on location. Did pencil studies first, then posed them according to my imagination with the animal there as reference, then did the painting. Hope you like them :) They're 6" x 9" in size

The goat is my nemesis. I have a hard time drawing them. I struggled with this pose.

Monday, August 23, 2010

15 Minute Drawings at the USAA - The Girl with the Elephant Tattoo

More life drawings from what felt like 100 feet away from the model (it was more like 15-20). Plus the light was on the other side of the room so all I got was 100% shadow. Overall a crappy experience. *sigh* Good thing the people there are nice. :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Watercolor - Walnut Creek, En Plein Air

I love this park. It's a leash-free dog park. People that go here are people who love dogs, so they're perfectly understanding when your dogs run up to say hello. In fact they love it. They don't freak out. I had so much fun bringing my two dogs Gracie (next to the man in red, my husband), Honker, the one in the foreground. And Frannie (middleground dog) came with her owner too!
Plein air painting is fun, but even more so when you can bring your dog :)


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Goats and a Deer from the Capital of Texas Zoo

Hooved animals baffle the heck out of me. Especially goats!! They're knobby and have weird proportions. From the side they look like any normal hooved animal, but from the front you notice how freakin wide they are. Go try drawing a goat and you'll see what I mean!

I have a collection of plastic animals from Schleich that I use as study aids for animal drawing, but I haven't been able to find a goat for purchase yet. I usually find them at Target or Tractor Supply, but I haven't ran into a goat for sale yet. Bummer! I really want a goat toy!!

Have a nice day!

Sunday, August 8, 2010