Friday, June 30, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 85 - African Elephants

I just have to draw another elephants today. It's African Elephants, the largest land animal on Earth, and slightly larger than the Asian Elephant. They are distinguished by their big ears that are shaped like the continent of Africa., in contrast with the Asian Elephants whose ears are rounded and small.
 They are highly intelligent,  and they have a very large and highly convoluted neocortex a trait they share with humans, apes, and some dolphin species.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 84 - Indian Elephants

Another popular zoo attraction is the elephant. So today's sketch is the Indian Elephant. Kids are fascinated with this creature, whose long trunk serves as both nose to breathe and fingers to grab objects.  I had an opportunity to animate elephants years ago, when I worked on Disney's Jungle Cubs TV series, a spin-off of their classic Jungle Book. Hathi was the name of the elephant character.  Dumbo was the other Disney elephant character that I love as a kid.  Drawing these creatures surely brings out the kid in me.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 83 - Rhinoceroses


Another zoo animal with thick skin like the hippotamus, and pig is the rhinoceros ( the word means "nose horn"in Latin).   The adult rhino has no real predators in the wild except for humans. although the young rhino can fall prey to big cats, crocodiles, wild dogs and hyenas. They are hunted for their horns, that are sold in the black market in some parts of  Asia. They are also an endangered species.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 82 - Three Hippos

Three Hippos
Today would be the start of Drawing Zoo Animals, starting of with the Hippos. These are known as the Common Hippopotami, recognizable with their barrel-shaped torsos wide-opening mouth, large canine tusks and almost hairless bodies.  One of the zoo animals I saw when I was a kid was these animals. I thought they have a funny sounding name then, until I found out today that the plural form for Hippopotamus is Hippopotami. Haha.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 81 - Visayan Warty Pigs

Visayan Warty Pigs

Another drawing of pigs -- the Visayan Warty Pigs. They're endemic to the Philippines and are now critically endangered. There 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  done in the Philippines,  these pigs 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
Photo ref cr: Tonji Ramos

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!