Fallow Deer study – Sketch book update

This is my latest drawing in my sketch book, a Fallow Deer study.

The drawing is the usual 10x15cm size. Which in this case was probably a bit too small for the subject.

Because it is quite a small drawing of a large subject. I decided to not use my usual Staedtler 2mm mechanical pencils, but some 0.5mm mechanical pencils that I have. The issue with using the 0.5mm pencils was that I wasn’t 100% sure what lead I was using!

I actually quite enjoyed using the 0.5mm pencils, so using a gift voucher that I got for Christmas, I ordered some Pentel 0.5mm Ain Stein refills in various strengths. I plan to do a little review of them when they arrive.

Anyway, back to the drawing. For this Fallow deer study, I used a rendering method that I’ve not used for quite some time, blending.

I don’t normally blend my pencil drawings, which is quite interesting as when I first started drawing many years ago, it was the method that I used. However, as my drawings progressed so did my style.

My style was heavily influenced by an amazing pencil artist called Mike Sibley. I attended one of his courses many years ago, and also have a signed copy of his book.

For me, and this is just my own opinion, I try not to blend pencils too much. I feel that for most animal drawings, it does not look right. However that is not always the case. Just like this study, blending suits it as it is so small, so not much in the way of detail can be seen.

Pencil drawing, a Fallow deer study by artist pet, horse and animal artist Stuart Fowle.

Quite happy with the result, especially considering I was using different pencils and a different style. A good learning exercise.

Hare study in pencil – sketch book update

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!