My iPad recently decided to join me in my after-work tub soak. While I wait to find out if it’s salvageable, I’ve dug out my old sketchbooks and drawing pencils for this week’s sketch. I wasn’t sure I’d even remember how to draw without the digital convenience of virtual layers and the Undo button, but it all came back as soon as my pencil touched paper.
This yearling was going to be a pen-and-ink sketch, but I like the messy vibe of the graphite draft. I’m not going to ink over it.
Special thanks to my friend Kathy, who gifted me a beautiful set of high-quality drawing pencils just as I was venturing into digital art. The pencils have been waiting patiently all these years for their time to shine!
Fun fact: if a snake has the work “king” in its name, that means it eats other snakes.
This is a Desert Kingsnake, the most common variety of kingsnake in Texas.
More of a scribble today than a sketch, but it’s been a busy week. I used to have a bunny named Pooka who looked like this.
Ironically, I think these “placeholder” sketches are turning out to be the ones that best serve the purpose of the Weekly Sketch project. Horses are quick and easy to draw, so to make them more interesting I play around with effects like toned paper, damp brushes and so on. I’m actually developing my skills more with the horse sketches than I am with the “serious” drawings.
The only notable activity on January 24 was a search of the Pokhara markets for a particular kind of fruit snacks that Emma wanted Elizabeth to taste. Once the snacks were procured, our young heroes returned to Paljorling camp to relax.
This was the day that China’s entire Hubei province went into quarantine. In Vietnam, the first confirmed incidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China was documented by the WHO. The second case of coronavirus was confirmed in the US.
This is a short post, so here is a bonus random water buffalo that the girls saw roaming the streets near Sabita’s house on their way to Disneyland.
To be continued!