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:
How to Draw a Bear, How to Draw a Panda Bear, How to Draw Realistic Hair
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!
You gotta go where the muse takes you. If that’s pencil for now, then indulge :) Nice hair!
WOW! the detail is incredible! Happy PPF!
I adore the details of your drawings. Love it!
luv the detailing on your sketch, nice expression emerged
have a creative weekend
Unbelievable Hair!! (Stanley suggests that if you made a mistake you could borrow a razor & shave it off!(You know Stanley said that !) But we are both amazed @ your patience!! OX OX Mom
thanks for sharing the links. i will definitely take a look.
sometimes it’s good to mix it up and go back to the basics (pencil, I mean!!)
Grady is great! Hair is one thing I don’t like to draw or paint but you did a fantastic job of it.
Grady looks fantastic. Wonder who his hairdresser might be… Have a great month!!!
This is such an awesome creature. Love him.
THis really IS some seriously beautiful hair rendering! I love his nose as well!
Love the little wave in that hair. And the detail in your sketches is amazing! thanks for the links!
wooooooooow your art is amazing
Lovely! Reminds me of the dog (or whatever creature he is) from The Never Ending Story! So cool! xo
Seriously you have the BEST characters ever!! Love them so much… quirky, whimsical and fun!!
That is a nose and a half! LOL
Oh he’s fantastic! I love your pencil drawings so much!