Hare study in pencil – sketch book update

Hare study by Stuart Fowle (ArtOnTheHoof)

This post will talk about my third drawing for this year, a hare study in pencil and is also a sketch book update.

Decided to try something a bit different from a horse subject for my third drawing. My wife likes rabbits, so thought a rabbit study would be good to do.

I don’t have any reference photos of rabbits. However, I’m a long time member of a art forum site called Wetcanvas.com which has a section of reference photos supplied by various members. The images are allowed for use for this type of drawing.

OK, it’s not a rabbit, it’s a European Hare (image supplied by Rayemond). I cropped the image to focus on the head area. I also made a greyscale version of the photo to better let me see the differences when drawing it in pencil.

So to complete this hare study in pencil, I created my usual grid pattern. Then sketched out the hares head and made adjustments as required.

For this drawing, I mainly used 4H, B, 2B and 4B pencils. Using the 4H to almost inscribe in to the paper. Then when the softer pencils are used, they skip over the harder 4H. Then by lifting some of the pencil with blue-tak I create the texture I’m looking for.

Still really finding my way with adapting my style, but really pleased with my progress.

Really happy with how the fur came out (can always be improved). Head shape not so great, but I think you can tell it’s a hares head!

Pencil study of a hares head by Devon based artist Stuart Fowle.

So only another 47 pages to fill. This is going to be a fascinating look at how my drawing skills change and improve with each drawing. Well I certainly hope they improve!

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