Part 7: Creating a Critter from My Mind

Here’s Hawk – an emu with pink and yellow hair! The values used for this under painting (including the beak’s forms) are based on a frontal light source from the upper right. As an aside, this painting is only 8 by 10 in.

The beak needs to be in the foreground (closest to the viewer) of the painting and will be the last part to finish. By first completing the background and middle ground (everything but the beak), I can then “move” the beak farther toward the foreground by painting it with stronger values, brighter colors, and more detailed textures.

The eyes are the focal point and their black sections will eventually be lightened. For now, the black enables me to determine my overall range of values in between white and black.

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Ladybug – Please Fly Away Home!

Ever since I can remember, I have loved ladybugs. I recently discovered a ladybug not moving and lying on her back in my bathroom. I’d heard that ladybugs sometime play dead, so I gently picked her up and placed her outside on the railing of my back deck. Later, she was gone. I’ll never know if she was eaten by a bird, blew off the railing onto the grass below, or flew away to live another day.

I’ve been planning to draw a ladybug for years. Finally, this drawing is in progress (2H to 6B grades of graphite on Strathmore Bristol, smooth surface). I plan to add a leaf for her to stand on and a bit of a background.

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