Monday, June 26, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 81 - Visayan Warty Pigs

Visayan Warty Pigs

Another drawings of pigs -- the Visayan Warty Pigs. They're endemic to the Philippines and are now critically endangered. They are only a small number remaining due to habitat loss, shortage of food and hunting.  They are now extinct in four out of six islands in the Philippines.  But due to conservation efforts in the Philippines,  they can be found in some zoos in Europe and the US.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 80 - Pigs

On this 80th day, I'm still on Drawing Farm Animals.  What with  just 19 more days left, I'd like to circle back to quadrupeds. So my drawing for the day- pigs.  I sketched these out faster than my normal.  I kept my drawings loose and decided to do away with colors and just added a bit of white in some areas. Because it's Sunday, I'd like to finish early so I can relax after.

Daily Sketch Day 79 - Turkey

Today's sketch is a Turkey, the bird not the country. It's a complicated-looking bird to draw with all the overlapping feathers it has. And so I just loosely sketched groups of shapes for simplicity. It took me awhile and a number of repeats before I got to this stage. As always, it's not perfect but I like it enough to say it's done.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 78 - Hen & Two Chicks

Hen & Two Chicks

A hen and two chicks, another drawing for my Draw Farm Animals week. For this sketch, I originally sketched this with just ink without my usual rough pencil under drawing.  I wasn't sure if I liked the result of it. So I worked on it further and rendered it like a watercolor wash over inked outlines for a more children's book illustration look. I like this better.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 77 - Rooster

The sketch of the day is the rooster. I'm diverting to farm animals starting today. Not having much time for today's sketch, I did away with the initial rough drawing and went straight to blocking and painting in color instead. I haven't tried this method before so this was an experiment for me. Not perfect, but I like it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 76 - Swans Marching

Swans Marching
Today's waterfowl is a swan.  Swans are beautiful animals known  for being graceful and peaceful to look at. But can be aggressive when any intruder gets close to their nests and younglings. The baby swan is called a cygnet, and stays with  the mother for the first six months of life.  In my drawing, the mother swan seems to be coaching the baby swan how to take a big stride . Cute, huh?

Daily Sketch Day 75 - Ducklings

Today's Daily sketch is a  group of ducklings.  Ducklings depend on their mother for survival, to feed them,  shelter them  and protect from predators. But sometimes, they are orphaned if their eggs hatched quite late and the mother left the nest and led her ducklings to water.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 74 - Chinese Geese

There's less than a month left in my 100-Day Sketch Challenge, so for these next few weeks, I'll be drawing animal groups for only a few days to cover as much different species as I can before the end. Still continuing with the drawing-birds series, I'll be drawing waterfowls in the next few days. First up is the Chinese Goose. This domestic breed descended from the wild swan goose, which can be distinguish from other geese by the strongly developed basal knob on the upper side of the bill. These bird have exceptional hearing and eyesight, aggressive, extremely vigilant, very loud and very hard to shut them up, that they had been used like guard dogs by the police in some parts in rural China. They had been known to spread their wings and attack strangers entering someone's home. Beware!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 73 - Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk
For my final raptor, it's the Common Black Hawk. It feeds mainly on crabs, but also eats small vertebrates and eggs.It often perch for long periods on a branch over water, waiting for it's prey to appear. It  has been known to live up to 24 years.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 72 - Black Buzzard

Black Buzzard
Also known as the Black Vulture, this predator usually feeds on carrion and occasionally on cattle or deer.  It's considered a threat to cattle ranchers becasue it preys on newborn cattles, while it's droppings can kill trees and other vegetation.