Wednesday, October 30, 2013

And the Animal is...

Leave a comment on this blog post of which animal 

you think my next drawing will be of. Be the first person to guess it right, and get a FREE PRINT mailed to you. 

Good Luck!

Since everyone has been so supportive and helpful to me with animal ideas for my drawings, I wanted to say thanks by giving a chance to win a FREE 12"x18" print of my next drawing. Guess as many times as you like. It's the FIRST person to guess the RIGHT animal. I'll announce the winner when the drawing is finished and available in my shop. Thanks  so much for all of your good words, support and kindness! It keeps my pen drawing these amazing animals. 

What will it be? 11x17" Ballpoint Pen and Ink wash

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Inkin a Squid

My tale of drawing a squid

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Squid. 11x17" Ballpoint Pen and Ink wash

I finished another addition to my "Sea Creatures" Series. A squid. Squids are one of those creatures that when you see them in life they seem about as close to an alien species as you can imagine. So many science fiction monsters have been inspired by these tiny little creatures, and it's easy to see why. With tentacles, huge eyes, wings and glowing transparent bodies, they fit the "monster class" well. Getting the chance to see them while diving I have always been fascinated with there incredible swimming ability. They can hover, turn or a dime and have explosive speed that makes them seem like mechanical flying machines underwater. 

Weird Squid fact that I didn't know. Squids are extremely strong swimmers and certain species can "fly" for short distances out of the water. So watch out! I took liberty on this drawing to break a rule. Squid, like octopus, have 8 tentacles. If you take the time to count up how many tentacles my squid has, it's way over 8. But 8 just didn't seem enough to express the movement i was trying to achieve on this piece. One quote that I read, and liked, about art is that unlike photograph which captures reality, art expresses it. And that is what I decide my squid would do. As always, thanks for taking the time to look and visit.

Here are some photos taken during my drawing process

Just starting in with the eye.

Detail of the eye

Adding in my all time favorites...spots!

Working on the body and tentacle patterns

After about half the drawing is done I start to painting in the background

My variety of Uniball PowerTank pen sizes are to the right

The pen ink and inkwash ink have different qualities and colors

Starting on the tentacles

The finished drawing

Detail of the head

 Detail of the eye
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hoo you looking at?

Drawing a Great Horned Owl

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Great Horned Owl. 11x17" Ballpoint Pen and Ink wash

I've been meaning to do a final drawing of an owl for sometime now and finally decided to put one down on paper. With their incredible detailed plumage, it was a challenge to say the least. They are amazing birds which live among us in North American but are rarely seen. After 48 years living with them, I can count on one hand the times I have seen an owl in nature. I've heard their wonderful low-pitched but loud "ho-ho-hoo" calls more times than spotting one.

Here's a cool owl fact that I didn't know. They regularly eat skunks, and may be the only animal with such an appetite. In a recorded case the remains of 57 striped skunks were found in one owls nest. These stealthy creatures are well camouflaged and are most active during the night. Owls have spectacular binocular vision and their eyes are nearly as large as human beings. Another fact I didn't realize is that an owl eyes are immobile within it's eye sockets. So instead of turning it's eyes to see it must turn its head, which it can do at an incredible 270 degrees. If you live in North or parts of South American, keep a look out for a chance to see one of these majestic birds! And as always, thanks for visiting my blog!

Here are some photos taken during my drawing process

 Owls have incredible eyes, and they are incredibly fun to draw

As I drew the eyes I could feel them staring me down

  A close up of the almost finished eyes

Inking in the background

  Working on the plumage

  A close up of the finished face

  A close up of the finished eye

 A before and after of the owls face

Friday, October 11, 2013

Portrait of a King

Drawing a Lion, the King of Beasts

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Lion. 11x17" Ballpoint Pen and Ink wash

Here's a sad fact. About 10,000 years ago the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. Now there are only 32,000 of them, down from 200,000 just a century ago. Yet they are still not declared an endangered species. And what really shocked me was that Between 1999 and 2008, more than 7,500 lions were killed for sport. Fifty-five percent of those individuals were shipped to the United States, just terrible! I can only hope that this changes and people realize how fragile these incredibly strong animals are.

Lions to me are one of the most beautiful and majestic cats. The male lion really does fit his name, and looks like a king. My goal for this drawing was to create a character the says I'm proud, I'm strong, and I'm not going to look at you for pity. This is one of first animals in my series that is looking away, and not directly at the viewer. The other goal for me was to conquer drawing hair. Hair has always been a challenge for me to draw. So what better subject to get over my fear of hair then drawing a lions mane! Below are a series of photos I took as I drew. I'm slowly getting better at documenting my drawings as I do them. I hope you enjoy my time lapse shots. And if anyone has any question about my process, please don't hesitate to write, or comment on this blog. I would be happy answer anything and will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for looking.

Starting with the eye. I always do

My pen of choice. Uniball PowerTank .05

The mouth is done.

Inking in part of the background

Working on the Mane

Close up of the Mane

Layers of lines.

I always start and then finish with the eye. Adding the finishing touches.