Archives for category: Animal art


Feeling inspired after Stylist Live yesterday where I stumbled across the work of Ros Shier, I decided to practice sketching dogs today.

Having not drawn properly in ages there was a point where I wondered if I could actually draw life like animals. I tend to mainly draw cartoon creatures and the last time I drew anything at all was at a life drawing class over summer.

The first below picture is the point at which I got over my moment of panic. Before that, the drawing was merely lines and started to take on a ‘cartoon-like’ shape. I stared at the page for a while doubting if I could even finish it.

I began to draw more freely and stoped trying to be so sharp with features (especially eyes). After a few minutes of sketching fur things looked a lot better. 



I decided to put the little drawing in a frame and hopefully it will encourage me to sketch more.



I went to the Stylist Live event in Islington yesterday and bought this beautiful greyhound print by Ros Shiers.

Her stand had an amazing collection of dog prints (amongst other things!) and I probably stood there for about 15 minutes trying to decide which one to get. 

I chose this print because I have a real soft spot for greyhounds and whippets. Ever since I saw a beautiful greyhound cross called Mollie at Battersea I have wanted to adopt one of these delicate creatures. They just have the saddest eyes and I want to wrap them up in blankets to stop them shivering!

As I can’t have a dog right now, I have decided to fill my room with as many dog related pieces as possible.

This new print is placed right above my bed 💛

 

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Oh what have we got here? Yet another cat sketch. I guess I like cats…

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Sorry this poor little blog has been a bit neglected of late! I will be back to regular posting very soon! All has been a bit manic and I haven’t found enough time to draw… going to take up some more classes soon to get me back on track!

In the meantime, I have recently discovered Pusheen the Cat – check out how cute this illustrations are!

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Love a good cat illustration! Pusheen also has a book coming out soon too… so Santa take note!

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So… It has been a few weeks (!) since my last blogpost. I am a bad blogger. I actually haven’t been drawing as much as I’d like lately… hence the lack of posting.

I have a new summer resolution to get back into blogging – what used to be a twice weekly thing for me has gotten neglected due to work and general life!

Today was a dull, cloudy day in London (unlike back home in Ireland where a mini heatwave seems to be happening!) so I decided to draw a sad cartoon dog.

Here is a three stage breakdown:

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Inspiration from the sketch came from Cartoon Cool by Christopher Hart.

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So I have been a little MIA for the last while… but I am back! Here is my SOTW for this week. Just fancied drawing a cute cartoon-y cat!

Meow – have a cat-tastic weekend.

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I have just discovered the works of Gemma Correll… and I think she is amazing!

Unbeknownst to me I actually had some of her sketches saved on my phone  (including the above cat one!) but only discovered today that she was the artist in question.

While in Topshop over the weekend I was completely in awe when I saw the cutest little illustrated booked called ‘A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette’ by Gemma… the illustrations are wonderful and I already want to copy some for practice.

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Check out Gemma’s website: www.gemmacorrell.com/

PS. Apols for lack of posting lately, I have just moved house and finally have internet again – whoop!

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This week’s SOTW are some more little animal sketches. I have been so busy the last week that I have barely had any time to draw. I have two massive new drawing books that I haven’t even got a chance to look at yet! Every evening/night when I get home I just fall into bed…

Here is a cat and rabbit I drew:

These practice drawings come from ‘Illustration School: Let’s Draw Cute Animals’ by Sachiko Umoto. I really love the style of illustrations in this book, as the name suggests they are very cute and I love the childlike designs!

Hopefully next week I will have more time to draw (although it is shaping up to be a manic week!). At least Christmas is around the corner so I will have plenty of time home in Ireland where I can draw to my heart’s content!

This sketch of the week is a cartoon bear. It was a very quick sketch – so quick, in fact, that I thought it was going to be  a mess. I feel this is a good lesson for me as sometimes I get so preoccupied with making a drawing ‘perfect’ that my lines become harsh and the whole piece stiff. Just goes to show that I need to do more of these quick sketches to loosen up my drawing style.

I bought a new book about drawing cartoons. It’s called the Humongous Book of Cartooning by Chris Hart. I was so excited when it arrived in the post from Amazon! I bought a few other art books with it, including one that shows you how to draw 50’s style retro cartoon characters. I want to spend all my free time going through these books… but need to pace myself so I am focusing on Chris Hart’s book first.

I love it this book! It gives a great breakdown on how to draw various cartoon characters from bears, cats, rabbits to people. So far I have just practiced some bear and animal sketches. Can’t wait to progress through the book and do more detailed drawings.

Below is a three stage breakdown of a little squirrel character I attempted. I actually spent more time on this than the above bear, but I way prefer how the bear turned out!

Do you have any recommendations of books that teach you certain drawing styles?

My SOTW this week is a very simple hedgehog sketch. I recently bought a book called ‘Illustration School: Let’s Draw Cute Animals’ by Sachiko Umoto which shows  you how to draw some (as the title suggests!) very, very cute illustrations.

This is a three stage breakdown of my sketch.

I am trying to broaden the drawings I practice as I tend to focus on sketching people and faces! I can’t figure if it is best to draw the same types of things for a few weeks in order to improve or if it’s best to draw diverse subjects.

Do you find sometimes you end up drawing the same things over and over? Or do you try shake things up?