Thursday, May 25, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 48 - Red Deer

Red Deer

The red deer is said to be one of the largest deer species.  It has long been hunted for sport and food.
Only the stags have antlers that starts to grow in spring, and sheds each year usually  at the end of winter. When I was a kid, I thought those antlers were tree branches coming out of their heads, 'coz it seemed to look that way.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 47 - White-Tailed Deer

White-Tailed Deer

The Whitetail is a medium-sized deer native to the Americas. It looks so elegant and innocent just like in the Disney animated film Bambi. They are mostly herbivorous. But it was surprising to learn that it has been known to opportunistically feed on nesting songbirds, field mice, and birds trapped in mists nests, if the need arises. I actually saw a video of it in YouTube once - a deer just swallowed a small bird.  So shocking! I couldn't believe it.  Just imagine....Bambi eating a bird..... Nooooooo.....

Monday, May 22, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 46 - Roe Deer

Roe Deer

It's the start of my Drawing Deer Week. First up is the Roe Deer.  The Roe Deer is said to be a relatively small deer, and when alarmed, it will bark a sound much  like a dog and flash it's white rump patch. According to Wikipedia, Bambi, the famous Disney character was originally a Roe deer in the original books by Felix Salten, but was later developed into a white-tailed deer by the Walt Disney Studios for the animated film.  Interesting..... I didn't know that...but now I do,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 45 - Spanish Fighting Bull

Spanish Fighting Bul

The Spanish Fighting Bull is known to be the most well-muscled, and agressive bull breed. I didn't know that they have dichromatic vision, which means that they are red-green colorblind.  So it's not true that the red color makes them mad, but rather it's the movement of the matador's red muleta ( the red cloth)  that they are responding to.  The color red is used to disguise the blood and is a good color contrast for the arena floor.  Being a big Disney animation fan, I'm reminded of Ferdinand, the sweet, gentle, peace-loving, flower-smelling bull.  He's the complete opposite of what is expected from his breed. I'd like to watch that cartoon again.

Daily Sketch Day 44 - Muddy Water Buffalo

Muddy Water Buffalo

The water buffalo loves to wallow in mud. And in this sketch, it seems to be saying to me - "You got a problem with that?!"    Being an animator for most of my career, reading facial expressions became a habit,  The head turn... the look... the body all fits.  Who knows.... it might be thinking exactly that. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 43 - Wetland Buddies

Wetland Buddies

Whenever there's a cow, an egret won't be far behind. A former work colleague provided me with a the photo of this, taken from his trip to Vietnam.  My first impression was that the cow and the small bird were buddies. After doing a little research, I found out that it's a cattle egret, known to have a symbiotic relationship with cows, oxen or buffaloes. They usually sit on the back of these animals and eat little bugs that bite and tend to bother the cows. It's not Drawing Birds Week yet, but today is an exception.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 42 - Wet Carabao

Today's sketch is a bovine ungulate that is a national animal in the Philippines  - the carabao. Strong, and steady, the carabao is a farmer's best friend--- used for transportation and plowing the field, and occasionally even for racing.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 41 - Hungry Cows

Hungry cows

Yesterday's sketch was like cows feasting. Well, today is like famine..  As a drawing subject, their boney and lean  appearance actually helped show their anatomical structure.  One of the challenges in animal drawing is understanding the structure underneath the skin and convincingly draw them.  Once again, I finished this sketch way ahead of time. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 40 - Grazing Cows

Grazing Cows

I'm surprised hat I managed to draw two cows and finished them way early than usual. Perhaps I'm getting faster or they are easy, I can't tell yet. One thing for sure, there's not much complex poses for these animals, They're usually grazing and static. Not a very active animal, I don't think.  But a good model for sketching for that same reason.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 39 - Cow Face

Cow Face

After weeks of drawing cats and dogs, I'm back to drawing hoofed animals. I've previously sketched horses, donkeys and zebras as part of the ungulates or odd-toed animals. This week is the start of my Drawing Cows Week, another ungulate but even-toed animal.  I'll be including bulls and buffaloes  as well. And so... here's a simple pencil sketch of a cow's face. Mooooooo...................