I am making steady progress with the hippos. Given the detail of their skin and the sharp contrast in small spaces, I am glad I chose graphite for this drawing. Graphite is also shiny on paper which helps promote the idea that these hippos have moist skin, although that is more easily seen in person than in a photograph.
Hopefully I will have some time this weekend to work, so look out for the finished piece early next week!
I completely forgot to publish this one earlier. I finished it a week ago or so, a design for my sister's new business (a CrossFit box). Since I live so far away, another artist painted this design on their wall.
I started with a charcoal drawing, then added pastel on top. It didn't look quite right so I edited it in GIMP (like Photoshop), and added the logo digitally as well.
I have been eyeing one particular photo I took of hippos for several months now, and decided it was finally time to draw it. These are two of the three hippos at my zoo, the mother and child (who has to be at least a year old at the time I took the photo).
I typically work in just charcoal, but I am using graphite for this drawing. I haven't used just graphite in a while and thought that the texture of the skin would work well.
In this photo, the hippo is not quite finished. A little more work and I will start on the second one.
It is amazing what you can do when you have a little extra time! The serval is already finished. This drawing is based on a couple photos I took of the serval at my zoo. These cats are so long and graceful.
This drawing is 9"x12" unframed and is eligible for the 20% off sale now through Labor Day.
The big cats get all the spotlight, it seems, but the smaller wildcats are just as impressive. The serval lives in Africa and pounces on small prey by jumping high in the air. They have very long legs and large ears to aid their hunting.
Here is part of a commission I am working on. This bald eagle has its wings outstretched and is holding something with its feet. I drew it in charcoal and graphite and am coloring it digitally, although I might try adding pastels on top instead.