This week’s illustration for the Animal Alphabets art challenge was a Whooping Crane. I started this drawing with a similar approach to the crane I drew last year, drawing the bird with simple shapes and a minimal background. I really liked that early version to be honest, but since I’ve been doing realistic backgrounds for this series I thought it best to keep within that style and draw what you see here.
An illustration of a Vaquita for this week’s Animal Alphabets art challenge. One of the most challenging aspects of drawing this animal is that there are very few reference photos available, probably due to the low number of animals out in the wild. Most of the animals we’ve been doing so far have had an abundance of photos, so I really enjoyed the challenge of researching and trying to get the details right with this one.
Here is an illustration of a Ulysses Butterfly for this week’s Animal Alphabets art challenge. For some reason I had a hard time deciding on a good place to put my copyright notice in this one. I tried all kinds of places but ended up putting it just above the branch–kind of an obvious place I suppose. It’s always a bit of a battle between making it somewhat noticeable and somewhat hidden.
This week’s illustration for the Animal Alphabets art challenge was a Tansy Beetle. We hadn’t done an insect for this challenge yet, so I was pretty excited to draw this. The beetle seemed fairly detailed so I tried to make the background as simple as possible to not pull focus from the bug.
An illustration of a Snow Leopard for this week’s Animal Alphabets art challenge. The pathos in this one wasn’t planned ahead of time, it just emerged as I started drawing the face. I haven’t focused much on emotions in my animal drawings so far, but it’d probably be a good idea to pay closer attention to this aspect in future drawings if I can.
This is a GIF that I created to celebrate the 2017 solar eclipse happening today. I live in Columbia, Missouri, which is a place of complete totality for the eclipse! It’s an exciting time and the town is buzzing with excitement and tourists. Hope that the weather holds out today so that we can see it.
Here is an illustration of a Red Panda for this week’s Animal Alphabets art challenge. During this project I haven’t had a chance to do a Winter scene with snow yet, so I thought this would be a good time to try.
This week’s illustration for the Animal Alphabets art challenge was a Quoll. I had in mind a different background for this illustration, but switched close to the deadline because it wasn’t working out. Needless to say, I think the background could use some work. On the other hand, I feel like I got to practice with some shrubbery, which was a helpful exercise.
An illustration of a Proboscis Monkey for this week’s Animal Alphabets art challenge. I found that it was hard to create a dignified image of these creatures because of the comically large noses that they have, so I decided to go for a straight on view to hide the nose.
Here is an illustration of a Orangutan for this week’s Animal Alphabets art challenge. There were a lot more interesting poses of this animal in various trees, but unfortunately they didn’t work well in the square frame I’ve been using for this project.