I was given a children’s book to read, called “Monument” by Gary Paulsen. The person who gave it to me said the book reminded them of me – it’s about an adopted girl who meets an artist in a small rural Kansas town. One of the things the artist focuses on is the light. And he’s right – if you capture the light and shadow right, everything else follows. Now, I’m no impressionist, so I’m going to also focus somewhat on detail and make sure all my proportions are correct. Below, I have my finished elephant. I promised to show the completed drawing in this post, so here it is. One of the things I focused on here was light and shadow. I started by roughing out the proportions, as you can see in the sketch, but also did quite a bit with showing all the wrinkles and where the sunlight is falling.
(Guitar update: I have two sore fingers. I can make a couple chords. I am having so much fun I can’t see straight. It’s a very good thing for me to have something that doesn’t sound right unless I’m relaxed.)