I drew in high school, when I took elective art classes most semesters. I drew a little bit in college, when during my “sports nut” phase, I mostly drew 1) baseball players, and 2) Nebraska Cornhusker things. They were all black-and-white photos, using just a basic #2 pencil. And then…I stopped drawing, for 25 years or so. It was 4 or 5 years ago I started, and it started out as a kind of way to “fill in” the gaps for the bird species that I didn’t have photos for. I’ve been working on getting individual species pages for all ~980 or so species that have been seen in North America. I have personal photos of about half of those, but needed images for my species pages for the other half. I do often use freely available photos from other photographers, but I thought I’d also try personally drawing some of the species. I also started drawing in color for the first time in my life. It took some getting used to, but I started getting some bird drawings that I was happy with.
For the last 5 years, that’s all I’ve drawn…birds! I thought I’d change things up and try something new. We have the two sweetest rescue dogs on the planet…”Oscar” and “Felix”. They are INCREDIBLY photogenic! There was one photo in particular of Oscar that I thought make for a nice drawing. He was sprawled out on the carpet napping, woke up, and looked up with his puppy-dog eyes.
This one took a while! The better part of 2 days, mostly because I was trying things I wasn’t used to trying. Dogs don’t have feathers! I’ve gotten halfway decent at feathers, but it was a different ballgame trying to represent the features and fur of a dog. It turned out better than I thought it would…Felix is next up!