Sunday, June 16, 2013

Animal Drawing Expedition

Wow!  It has now been just over a year since my last post.  I really need to try doing this more regularly.  

I recently embarked on an adventure to try to learn to draw animals.  I've always known that my animal drawing skills were weak at best, without any real understanding of how to properly construct any type of animal.  So when I saw a flyer for an animal drawing workshop taught by David Colman through Motivarti, I jumped at the chance.  The class consisted of one day at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits to study skeletal structures, followed by a day at the Los Angeles Zoo to draw animals from life.  Below are the results from those 2 days of class.  Some of these drawings aren't great (not to mention that the zebras are missing their stripes and the giraffes missing their spots)...  But all were a learning experience.

After a great time in the class, I signed up for a membership to the zoo so that I could go back on my own to practice as much I want throughout the year.

Week 1 (post-class)

I think you can see I'm starting to get at least a little more comfortable drawing animals from life, though some of the drawings still look/feel awkward and clunky.

Week 2 (post-class)

Definitely an improvement on the 2 previous weeks.  I'm also getting more confident sketching with a pen rather than pencil.

Let me know what you think!  And if there's a particular animal you think I should try drawing (or need to practice more), please leave it in the comments below!