Durango sits in a valley, created by the Animas River. So there are magnificent views of the mountains from almost every point in town. This particular view is part of my morning commute into town. I love how the shadows show off the definition of the ridges – but it has to be the right time of day. In the afternoon, everything is flooded by sunlight and is flattened out.
For this morning’s sketch, I sat in the park just a few feet further upstream from the rafting sketches.
Who knew there could be such a thing, right? Well, it was really a painless experience (just a cleaning) – especially since it wasn’t me that was visiting! Ashley had an appointment at the Smile Station and we had errands to run afterward so I passed my waiting time by sketching the front office.
While creating the digital print of Daffodils, I also worked with textures to create this drawing of a Blue Heron. There were quite a few herons that lived in the ponds next to the apartments so I had a lot of opportunities to watch them flying by.
Upon receiving an iPad, I immediately found some drawing apps to play with. I created a series of digital drawings, including these daffodils. They’re based on a real photo that I took near my apartment at the time.
Mom asked for a portrait of her new favorite child, her dog Trixie (a puptrait?) While my sister and I have been replaced -le sigh- at least Trixie is cute. Here’s the process from draft to finished sketch.
I started with pencil in order to work out proportions and general placement – especially with all of the strands of hair, trying to make sure ahem every hair is in it’s place.
Then I pulled out my drawing pens and began to go over the sketch, adding more detail as I went.
While most of the lines are done with an 05 Micron, I also used an 08 for really solid areas like eyes and nose and the 03 for finer details such faint shadows.
Getting closer! Just a few more details, now.
And the final step is to go back and erase the sketch guide-lines so that only the ink remains.
Add a signature, write a note to accompany it, and then carefully pack it and send it on for Mom and Gary to enjoy!