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. 

Daily Sketch Day 71 - Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle
Today's sketch is the king of all eagles - the Philippine Eagle, also known as the monkey-eating eagle. It's the giant forest raptor found in the Philippines. It's said to be a vertebrate of the highest class, which can grow to up to three feet with a wingspan of seven feet. It has massive arched beak and long crown feathers.  It is also the only blue-eyed bird of prey in the world, with the eyes that can see eight times the distance than that of humans.Considered the most astonishing bird in the world for it's beauty and ferocity, but is now critically endangered species.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 70 - Griffon Vulture

Griffon vulture

Today's bird of prey is the Griffon Vulture. It is a scavenger, and feeds on carcasses of dead animals. and considered an environmentally necessary creature. It doesn't go after  healthy prey, but attack the wounded or dying animal.  This vulture reminds me of the singing vultures from Disney's animated classic The Jungle Book.  Those singing vultures appeared again in the Jungle Book sequel, where I animated a scene where the four of them were repeatedly asking each other with "What do you wanna do?"  So this is the second time I had the chance to draw a vulture again.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 69 - Osprey


Today's raptor is the Osprey. Not to be confused with the Bald Eagle, it has a black eyestripe that goes down on the side of their white faces.  It also has white underparts. It feeds mostly of fish, but occasionally will feed on small animals like rabbits, rodents, small birds, amphibians and small reptiles.

Daily Sketch Day 68 - Orange Breasted Falcon

Orange-breasted falcon

Another predator bird, the  range-breasted Falcon has a proportionately large head and bill and much larger feet. It  feeds on a wide variety of small to medium sized birds such as doves, pigeons, tanagers, parakeets, woodpeckers among others and bats. It is usually  perched high on a dead tree or cliff, then dives on birds or bats from above.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 67 - Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

There's just so many types of birds that a week isn't enough to cover at least the popular ones.  So this week, it's going to be Drawing Bird Raptors Week.  Also known as the birds of prey. Starting off is the Great Horned Owl. Whenever owl is mentioned, I always imagine this species of owl. It's only now that I learned it's name. In spite of the name, those are actually it's ears, not horns. I learned that it has 14 cervical vertebrae, compared to humans who only have 7. This is so it can rotate it's head 270 degrees. The eyes are so big that it can't move them at all from it's sockets like we do. So it needs to rotate it's head further back to enable it to see all around. It  has long necks but it's not so obvious because it's all covered in feathers. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 66 - Parakeet


In Australia, this bird is known as the Budgie. It's Latin name ( Melopsittacus undulatus) means songbird with wavy lines. Said to be a popular bird pet in the world.  As a child, I remember having these birds as pets too. But I didn't know they can talk and are known as the best talking birds among the parrots.  It is said that their voice sound like a sped up recordings that when you hear them, you may not realize that it's them that's talking.

Daily Sketch Day 65 - Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Euarasian Tree Sparrow

This bird is known in the Philippines as a Mayang Simbahan (Church Maya), probably because it's  usually seen, peddled and sold outside the churches. But it's actually called the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, found in Eurasia and Southeast Asia.  While this bird is viewed as a pest in some parts of Australia, in China and Japan it is widely celebrated in oriental art. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 64 - Gouldian Finch

Gouldian Finch

Another bird I discovered --the Gouldian Finch, also known as the Lady Gouldian Finch and Rainbow Finch, favored for it's colorful plumage.  It's a very fragile bird, doesn't like to be handheld and can die from stress,  In my drawing, it looks like it's wearing a hood over it's head.  Very chic.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 63 - Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

This bird is a female Cardinal, with grey mask and dull reddish olive color, while the male has black mask and bright red in color. Both male and female Cardinals are songbirds. It is said that when the female Cardinal sings from the nest, it means it's telling the male she needs more food. Wow, she's like a diva.

Daily Sketch Day 62 - Paroaria


I discovered this bird while researching for today's sketch subject.. It's the Red-crested Cardinal. known as the Paroaria.  It's a songbird with a prominent red head and chest that belongs to the tanagers species and not the cardinals species despite the name. One thing's for sure, I will never run out of subjects to draw, and it would probably take me a hundred lifetimes to cover all the different species just in the animal and bird category alone. I haven't started with the fishes, insects and humans yet.  No more excuse for me to say that I don't know what to draw.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 61 - Homing Pigeon

Homing Pigeon

Pigeons are said to be highly intelligent, can recognize an alphabet, differentiate different photographs, can distinguish different humans within the photograph, and renowned to have outstanding navigational abilities.  Gosh, I envy it's navigational skills, since I'm terrible with directions.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Kitten Playing - Drawing & Painting Process (Time-lapse)


        This painting is part of my Daily Sketch personal project, using. ArtRage 4 as my drawing app. It has a script recorder that records all the brush strokes that I did. I always start with a rough sketch of the subject, Then adjusting the size, construction, and proportion as I go. For the kitten's fur, I used the brush preset called Mimosa.mostly. Then with the Palette Knife tool I scraped and smudged the colors into hair at the edges. Music used: Hyperfun by Kevin Macleod ( Incompetch. com)

Daily Sketch Day 60 - Mighty Dove

Mighty Dove

It's the start of Drawing Birds Week. It was Pentecost Sunday, so I thought of starting off with a dove --the Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit who descended on the disciples of Jesus after His ascension to heaven.  Doves are also symbols of love, peace and used as messengers. In my sketch, with it's wings stretched upwards, it's massive chest becomes noticeably prominent.  It looked strong and powerful as it's about to flap it's wings downwards.  Because of this and the various symbolic meaning it represents, I decided to give this drawing the title - Mighty Dove.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 59 - Sable Goat

Sable Goat

One good thing about drawing animals is discovering the different breeds within the different animal species.  Like in today's sketch, I saw a photo of this goat and learned that it's the Sable Goat. It's said to be one of the popular breeds for milk.  One peculiar thing very noticeable is it's eyes - it has a horizontal pupil. According to researchers, it has to do with the animals ecological role. The  carnivore predators like cats,, tigers, have vertical slit eyes to help them judge the distance better and pounce on their prey easier.. While herbivores like goats have horizontal slit eyes gives them a panoramic vision which helps detect approaching predators from different directions. 

Daily Sketch Day 58 - Farm Friends

Farm Friends  

Another thing I've learned about the difference between the sheep and the goat is the distinct groove on the sheep's upper lip (philtrum) which the goat doesn't have. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 57 - Sheep Or Goat, TheTell Tail Sign

Sheep Or Goat, The Tell Tail Sign

Having drawn both sheep and goat for a few days now, both have very similar facial features. Sometimes it's hard to tell the sheep from the goat, especially when they're young. I've learned that one quick way is to look at their tails - the goat's tail  points up, while the sheep's tail hangs down.  Cool huh?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 56 - Domestic Goat

Domestic Goats

Goats are said to be naturally curious and agile, that they can climb trees and balance in precarious places. Compared to sheep, goats displays less herding behavior.  Goats are intelligent and capable of complex communication and able to form bonds with humans, like dogs and horses.  Although, they can be a bit rebellious. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 55 - Lambs Running

Lambs Running

Lambs always reminds me of  a nursery rhyme and bedtime. And so for today's sketch, it's lambs running.  Simulating the storybook look, I kept the rendering style visually simple. I was not fully satisfied with  my previous lamb drawing because I wasn't able to draw it convincingly, It didn't quite look like a lamb. But now, after having drawn deer, which I think have some similar facial features to that of a sheep, it helped me draw these lambs successfully, not just one but three.  Yay!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 54 - West Caucasian Tur

West Caucasian Tur

Today's sketch is the West Caucasian Tur, a mountain dwelling goat-antelope, found in  in the western portion of the Caucasus mountains in Russia and Georgia.  It has features of a goat, sheep and antelope.  It's considered an endangered species.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 53 - Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

It's the start of my Drawing Sheep and Goat Week.  First up is the bighorn sheep. The male is called the ram, while the female is called ewe. The huge horn can weigh up to 30 lbs, which is both a status symbol and a weapon. It also tells the age of rams.

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.

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...................

Daily Sketch Day 38 - Siamese Kitten

Siamese Kitten

Here's my last cat drawing for the week - a Siamese kitten. I only have a few hours to do this, so I decided to just focus on the head. I kept it a bit painterly by using Artrage 4's Mimosa preset brush and the Palette Knife Tool for the fur. I've used this technique before so  I was able to finish his sketch quicker. Yay!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 37 - No Blinking Contest

No Blinking Contest

My sketch for the day is two cats posturing for a major fight. Both watching each other closely waiting for the first move. No one dares to blink.  One cat is about to tip over, getting ready to throw the first hit. while the other looks on  intensely, paw up in anticipation. Full of tension..... A cat fight in the making...... A fight we'll never see....Ha!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 36 - Siamese Cat

Siamese Cat

The first time I learned about Siamese Cat was when I first saw the animated film Lady and the Tramp. In that film, the two Siamese cats were so memorable  that I can still remember the first two lines of the song they were singing.  They were the scheming, naughty and nasty cat villain one would love to hate.  And so, my sketch for the day brings back memories from one of my fave Disney classic. This is another cat breed I just have to draw for my Drawing Cat Week. I find it remarkable that they actually look exactly like those animated cats. Those Disney artists really kept the likeness really close to the real thing.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 35 - Furball


I don't know much about the different cat breeds, but I want to draw a furry kind. So in my search, I found this  Red Exotic Short Hair kitten.   I didn't spent too much time drawing it .  I just did a light sketch and went straight to color block-in using the Oil paint tool in Artrage 4.   Then with the Palette Knife Tool, I had fun smudging, cutting and blending in the fur.

Daily Sketch Day 34 - Cheetah


Today's sketch is the fastest land animal in the world - the Cheetah. This cat has an elongated body and legs that's built for speed. Tan in color and has spots all over it's body. It's one of my must-draw member of the cat family.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 33 - Roar

My Drawing Cats week wouldn't be complete without a sketch of a male lion. So here's my sketches of a lion's head in different stages of a roar.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 32 - Cat Poses

Cat Poses
I decided to extend my Drawing Cats Week for a few more days. I'll be doing new ones soon. for the meantime, here's an old sketch.