This was supposed to be the year of acrylic painting (and may yet be), but January has mostly been the month of the pencil! Most recently, in a break from watching Poirot reruns, I have been watching hair and fur tutorial and speed-drawing videos. Here is my first serious attempt! Took about four hours of layering, and is missing a bit of brightness.
I think Grady’s got a bit of a Seussian aspect, but with fancier hair!
Pencils: 2H, F, B, 2B (because that’s what I had handy) I did not get a blending stump (tortillon) but one of the videos suggested a q-tip and it worked pretty well. I also found a kneaded eraser but need more practice with it. I am going to pick up a couple mechanical pencils and try those, and I also need some darker pencils, maybe a 4B or 6B. Darker is better but I fear the smudging! I really need to be more conscious of the smudge guard I try to use.
Some related videos I found very helpful:
Proko, How to Draw Hair (I’ve mentioned Proko before. He is charming and a great teacher.)
Daisy van den Berg, Drawing Fur (dog)
Mark Crilley, How to Draw a Kitten
Fine Art Tips, How to Draw a Mouse with a Mechanical Pencil
Do you have any favorite youtube art channels? Please share! Thanks for stopping by!