Monday, 20 February 2012

NEW Sri Lankan leopard drawing


Here is my new and first 'Sri Lankan leopard' pencil drawing. I think I was overdue a good profile picture, and wanted a little break from painting. This time I'm trying out using the same paper I use for my paintings. It is slightly textured which is new for me to draw on as the little bumps can sometimes throw your pencil line off slightly, however I am really enjoying the visual effect it has on the image, especially on the background. A combination of pencil pressure and direction evens the surface colour out.

I started off by carefully and delicately drawing around the fur outline on the chin and neck area. I don't use any indentation techniques / masking fluid / white pencil. I like to keep the drawing pure, planning and careful mark making allows the hair lines and the leopards markings to stay sharp and soft in the appropriate areas - it is time consuming and you can sometimes feel like you're not getting anything down on paper, but it's this preplanning of application that allows for the light and shade of the drawing.

The chin was drawn in the negative of the backdrop, I then picked out singular hairs that were highlighted and pushed others back lightly into the background colour. I'm afraid there is no 'quick fix' when I draw my whiskers it's all about patience and perserverance. I wanted to keep in the wet chin and slobbery foam he has around his mouth - which in fact was the hardest part so far! I will reveal the whole head in my next post :)

5 comments:

sue said...

Off to a great start here Julia. I don't like textured surfaces for graphite work but you seem to have it 'under control' :-)

Marcos Campos said...

Gosto muito do resultado obtido com o papel mais texturado, assim como os fios brancos que vocĂȘ conseguiu realizar.

Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

thanks guys! I must admit I really like working on textured paper, it has just the right balance between texture and smooth :) Jules

hmuxo said...

Did you use watercolor paper for this.? It looks amazing so far and I "really" want to see this finished. Maybe the textured paper is better for fur since fur isn't perfectly straight?!! You need to make a video of yourself painting this..! LOL... LOVE THIS

Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

Ahh thankyou Hilda :) it is the same watercolour paper I use for my paintings, I agree the fur part works well with the texture, a little harder for the smooth background though!:) Jules

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