Sunday, May 28, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 52 - Wapiti


 Today's sketch is the wapiti, also known as the elk is said to be one of the largest land mammals in North America and Eastern Asia.   Only males have antlers and they use it for defense, together with the front leg kick.  It is said that they are less likely to group with other elks when they have their antlers, which they usually retain for more than half a year. But once antlers have been shed,  they form bachelor groups and worked together in fending off predators.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 51 - Pronghorn


I originally thought the Pronghorn is of the antelope family, because they are colloquially called Pronghorn Antelope in some parts of the world. It turns out that. it belongs to the family of Giraffoidea, which are the giraffes and okapi.  It is the distant relatives of  deer, cattle, sheep , goats, antelopes, and gazelles.  Since it looks a lot similar  to a deer, I included it this week for my Drawing Deer Week.  One thing I've learned about a Pronghorn is that it's not a very good jumper. It will climb  under a fence if there's one, instead of jumping over it.  Now, that's very un-deer like.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 50 - Running Deer

Running Deer

For this day, it's a drawing of a running deer, frozen in mid-air across a field, as if it's flying.  A graceful and elegant animal.  Ready to escape from any potential danger.   It's now my 50th sketch,  and I'm half-way through my 100-day sketch challenge.  By now, I've already settled into a daily routine of sketching. Some days I finish early, some days not. One thing's for sure, I always lose track of time while doing it, 'coz I enjoy it.

Daily Sketch Day 49 - Reindeer Strolling

Reindeer Strolling
Another deer with huge antlers is the reindeer.  The reindeer and the caribou are the same animal.  It's surprising to know that both male and female reindeers grow antlers compared to other deer species. They're also the only mammals that can see ultra-violet light. This means that white fur or urine which are impossible if not difficult for humans to see in the snow, the reindeer can clearly see them in high contrast. Awesome.

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.