Black Bear Drawings

by Merlin Sonartez
(Rockies)

Black Bear Colorado

Black Bear Colorado

There's not a lot to tell about my drawings of black bears. We often get them at this time in some parts of the Rockies.

AS you know, they are probably going into hibernation soon as we've had some cold snaps recently. I also go into hibernation around a lovely fire.

These black bears are much smaller than the grizzly or the Kodiak. The Grizzlies have long disappeared here probably because of the drought in the past two seasons.

When drawing the black bear, it is sometimes quite difficult to draw the form accurately because there are no discernible values because of the intense overall black. The polar bear being whitish is easier because you can see light and shadow.

I usually take my digital camera when on a shoot just to capture the essence of the bear's bulk. I know these animals have immense strength as they demolished one of our outbuilding twice this past season.

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Animal Drawings

by Abdul Somana
(West Virginia)

Elephant Drawing by Rembrandt

Elephant Drawing by Rembrandt

Elephant Drawing by Rembrandt
Wild Boar Drawing by Cranach
Lions Head by Delacroix
Rabbit by Durer

Animal drawings seem to be one of the more popular pages, kids and adults love animals probably because they do not judge humanoids. With kids, there is always a great fascination in watching animal behavior.

Drawings of animals always seem to have a charm of their own—if the drawing is done well. Ever seen kids animal drawings? They are usually very creative with a flair that has not been stultified.

There are a few animal drawings I would like to share with you, some from the "old masters" who were quite adept at catching animal movements—even without a camera! These artists from way back studied animal skeletons and basic muscle structure—see some of Rembrandt's drawings—you will notice how these drawings show these basics. It seems to me these old boys were playing for keeps even though most of these drawings were only preliminaries for paintings.

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About Drawing, my opinion

by James Castella
(Hastings)

Lamb

Lamb

In my opinion—before you can become a really good artist, you must observe the form and structure as it actually is—you can add your own interpretation later as you become more proficient. Drawing exactly as you see it is the first step to becoming a good artist.

Meantime you have to look carefully and accurately at all the basic shapes and forms (the mass shapes) of the thing you are drawing. Observe these carefully.

It is important to know this before you can draw realistically which is the springboard into creativity and great art. Read up on Jean Auguste Ingres and his comments on drawing and you'll know what I am talking about.

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What Kids Love About Wildlife Drawing

by Eva Salvador
(Belize)

Wildlife Elephant

Wildlife Elephant

Kids find it fascinating to watch real live creatures up close and personal. They love to draw animals or their pet so get some pencils or crayons, a sketch pad and draw wildlife at the zoo—unless you have wildlife roaming in your back yard.

Oftentimes you will find your kids wondering in the garden looking for insects like butterflies, beetles or bugs to catch. Suddenly, you will hear them saying “Look what I caught, Mom!” Well, that is a good start for getting them interested in Mother Nature.

Children really love to gaze at wildlife with unusual skin texture, bulging eyes or funny shaped legs—or even a croc with those monstrous teeth almost breathing fire! There is a vast variety of wildlife for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Wildlife animals are totally different in their overall structure to humans, and these differences do increase a child’s awareness in them.

Give kids an animal book or poster and you’ll see how fascinated they are with wildlife from the giant elephants down to those sometimes creepy reptiles.

Other signs that tell you kids love animals are the cartoon shows they love to watch. If you switch the channel to a cartoon network like Nickelodeon, you will notice children TV programs such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Penguins of Madagascar, The Wonder Pets, and many more.

And who will ever forget the famous Lion King movie where wildlife almost becomes human. All these mentioned TV shows are mostly played by animal characters that are talking and acting like humans. Kids find it fun to gawk at all these talking, dancing and singing animals—and why not? They’re a load of fun.

Many of the school supplies you find are designed with animal figures obviously targeting kids in mind. Expect your kids to choose materials with animal themes like Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

The kids’ enthusiasm for wildlife is basically triggered by their curiosity. When you see they are having fun naming the animals, pointing out their various characteristics and habits, notice they are learning from these interests and so enhance their early development.

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Horse

by Janice Ball
(Durham, CT USA)

First Horse Drawing

First Horse Drawing




This was a picture that was in one of the drawing books I had gotten from the library.

It was one of those try and draw this by following the steps. It was one of my first drawings. It inspired me to keep going.

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Scorpion Pencil Drawings For Suggested Designs

by Josh Blake
(Luderitz)



Scorpion pencil drawings which I’ve put together for some of my male friends as suggestions for their tattoo designs.

There are not a lot of macho scorpions to choose from, really good ones. Mine are not particularly great as they are rough drawings with a brush and pen.

When I think of scorpions, I think of poisonous predators out to kill unwary humans but they are not really like that. There are only about 25 venomous scorpions out of about 1500 species, so do not fear if you see one crawling across your pillow or up your leg!

So let’s talk about how we can design a scorpio tattoo and for what part of the human anatomy it would look best—for macho males only!

With this in mind, the scorpions' curved tail that swings over his back should be prominent and ready to strike. The eight legs should form a frame, not necessarily square but even a heart shape could work—like beauty and the beast.

A scorpion drawing would look best on a males chest providing there is not too much hair that interferes with the scorpion image, it will make the scorpion look more hairy. Maybe that's okay for the serious macho-man, what do you think?

I've put two scorpion drawings here, please use them or modify them to suit your body type. I will put a few more here if I am allowed by the webmaster. These will all be in frames to encase the scorpion.

Thanks
Josh Blake

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My Pencil Drawings of Birds—Mainly Raptors

by Maylene Ortego
(St Martins)

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Pencil drawings of birds have been my inspiration ever since I discovered, at a young age, the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. He could make any subject come to life by his skill of using line only.

Since those early years of my life, I have created mythological birds (or you could call them creatures that fly, with or without feathers.) Okay, some of these you could say look gross, and you’d be correct.

Many of these mythological birds were really scary, like the ones in "Lord of The Rings." I've often wondered if these were more like the realities of the day in those terrible years long gone. What do you think?

Some scholars claim Greek mythology was no myth but factual stuff created by the gods; I somehow go along with that. Why, you might ask? Because the Greeks were super-able before their demise. Look at their philosophers and their contributions to the present day "Democracy." (Okay, so democracy doesn't work too well today.)

Admittedly, the Greeks committed forms of so-called auguries by using bird entrails thrown on rocks thereby getting a "reading" as you would do in tea cups! I’ve always thought this was barbaric and alien to the Greeks of that time.

My favorite drawings of birds are the eagles, especially the bald eagles. They are not bald as you know, so that's a bit of a misnomer. These birds hunt while in flight which is quite incredible to watch. As I live high in the mountains, I see this happening a few times every year.

I've loaded up here a few of these high flying birds. Any comments you'd like to make on them?

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My Drawing of a Cow

by Somana Patel
(India)

My Cow on the Farm

My Cow on the Farm

My drawing of a cow which is viewed in many religions as sacred. Possibly because they relied on the cow for dairy products and for ploughing the fields.

The cow's poop was also a source of fuel for cooking and heating.

This drawing was done with black conte crayon which was soft almost like charcoal. I used various sources for this drawing from my dad's photo collection of animals we used to keep on the farm.

I have a sketchbook full of sketches mainly from the farm we used to live in and now sadly we can't go there any more. My dad said it was the drought that caused us to lose the farm.

Please let me have your comments on my drawings.



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My Japanese Koi Fish Drawings

by Janine Lopez
(San Domingo)

Japanese Koi Design

Japanese Koi Design

Japanese Koi Design
My Angel Fish

My sketchbooks are full of Japanese koi fish drawings, no koi has the same color or pattern and that is what makes them so interesting. Did you know they were originally bred for food but now they have become a global phenomena?

They can also be classified as "pets." I used to breed koi in the Dominican and discovered they grew in proportion to their tank size. The larger the tank the bigger they grew. Also a phenomena was they knew somehow when feeding time was coming up and stayed very near the surface for the first morsel of food.

I never like the idea of feeding them dyestuff to make their colors brighter; I have been tempted to when entering competitions which were okay by the rules of koi breeding. I think now though this practice has been stopped.

Most of my koi fish drawings were only created in pencil and a few in pen and ink. Most of these were designed to fit on the human body as tattoos. I often wonder, "Now where can you put a Koi design on a body to make it look okay?"

Well, I have to tell you I've never sold any koi designs probably because most of them are only rough sketches. If you are interested in this breed, you'll discover there are thousands of koi types and all of them are unique.

If you love sketching, my advice would be to get photos of carp as they are the nearest in shape and size. Then embellish them with your own creative designs.

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My Labrador Puppy

by Rachana Marathe
(Pune, Maharashtar, India)




I have a 9 month old Labrador pup at home. This is just a rapid sketch of him— and my first try too!

Please do post your comments and suggestions freely. :)

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