Thursday, February 20, 2020

Foxes and Carving Soap

This sketch is drawn from a few different photo references. I tried to get all of the proportions as correct as I could. I would love to draw creatures just as they are in the natural world, but I have so far been unable to create beautifully rendered realistic art. What I picture on the paper and what actually happens on paper are two different things, but I think one informs the other.

When I was in jr. high, we were given a knife and a bar of soap to carve (seems a bit devil-may-care on the teacher's part now that I think about it). I had such grand plans to carve an exquisite horse (or unicorn or pegasus) and I just ended up with smaller chunks of soap... That was such a great lesson for me and I still think of it often when I draw. I rarely get things to turn out on paper the exact way I hope they will and I am ok with it.

What I am trying to say is that if you try to draw a real gnu and end up with something that looks like this; it's all good.

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