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Being practical – Cat

4 Feb

This short sketch of my non-pedigree cat Natasha was made by carefully observing her when she was watching the outside world, as cats love to do.

She is black/red with white, which means her coat pattern isn’t really well defined, at least, not to the casual human observer. The only way to draw her then, is to draw by observation. And that happened to be my self-assignment of today. How fortunate!

Being practical - Cat

You may also want to look at these earlier drawings I did of Natasha:

Feed me! Natasha-002 Natasha 003

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Think practical while drawing – Steve Jobs

4 Feb

I love it when people post good photos online, I can use for drawing people I’ll probably never meet in my lifetime.

This was only my first attempt at drawing Steve, and although my drawing skills are still poor, it is possible to see it is him, if you have seen the photo. If you’re a fan of Steve Jobs, please be gentle with me. I’ve tried to do my best, and I readily admit I’m not good at drawing people at this moment.

Steve Jobs

This drawing was made as a self-assignment for the key point: “Think practical, look mostly at your subject.” I used this point from Bert Dodson’s book “Keys to Drawing”.

I mostly drew from direct observation. However, the hair line was a problem, because it was so far above the eyes. I had to measure on the photo and my drawing what the proportion were. Then there were also small comparisons, e.g. for the angle of the temples of the eyeglasses. Other than that, pure draw-what-you-see. I needed approximately 40 minutes for this sketch, which is, by the way, the longest drawing session so far.

Although I can see much room for improvement, I’m still quite pleased with the result.

That is all.