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.

Photo reference courtesy of Ben C. Masters

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
Credit:  Photograph used for reference by Alexandre Buisse

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 posture....it 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. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 31 - A Lioness Sleeping

A Lioness Sleeping
Another old sketch for a very hectic day -  a lioness sleeping.

Daily Sketch Day 30 - Big Cats

Big Cats
Here's a loose sketch of some feline animals. As huge and ferocious some of these can be, their behavior can be observed to be very similar to those of a regular house cat.  Same can be said in drawing them.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 29 - Cat Stare

Cat Stare
Another busy and hectic day. Didn't get to do any sketch. But, I did a few cat sketches before, so here's one. Meow.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 28 - Blue Eyes Kitty

Blue Eyes Kitty

This sketch was  all I could do in a very busy, and tiring day.  Called it Blue Eyes Kitty, Funny how the stripes looks like a camouflage outfit. Perhaps this cute and tame looking kitten is really a fierce and mean cat warrior ninja. Mmmeooooooowwwwwww!!!!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 27 - Lioness and Cub

Lioness and Cub

Today's sketch is simple. Just a rough drawing of a lioness and her cub in a tender moment.  This sketch I dedicate to my mom who passed away yesterday morning .  That's all.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 26 - Tiger

After the cute cuddly kitten sketch yesterday, it's the ferocious Tiger for today. Just like the Zebras,  those Tiger stripes were great visual cues in finding the major anatomical landmarks that helped me draw this Tiger a lot easier. But it took me longer in rendering this though.  Partly because I was trying and testing different styles in rendering it.  Also because there were some chores I needed to do today that I didn't get to start drawing until it's already quite late in the day. Much as I try to avoid it, I missed my deadline again.   Well...tomorrow's another day, another chance.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 25 - Kitten Playing

Kitten Playing

Starting today, it's drawing cats week. I'm starting with this cute kitten playing with a yarn. This time, I'm trying a Chinese painting look where it's mostly brushwork. I think this technique is suited for the soft furry animals like this kitten. I still penciled in the rough drawing initially to get the correct proportion. Then just used a Mimosa preset brush from Artrage4 to achieve the effect, erasing the outlines after.  I'm still learning how to do it well and I can see that it's not quite the same as the Chinese painting style.  But at least this style is quicker. Finished it earlier and would like to do so from now on.  Yay!

Daily Sketch Day 24 - Jerry

Today's sketch is a yellow Labrador Retriever named Jerry. . I kept the line work visible, reminiscent of the visual style of  Disney's 101 Dalmatians. Achieving this look took some experimentation to get it just how I like it.   I always try to achieve the solidity of form in my drawings, and it always takes me many iterations to get it right. So once again, I worked past the 12 midnight deadline.   Now that it's done, I want nothing else but to sleep soundly like this dog.