Yes, I finally caught up on my Drawing Lab assignments! (Recap- Angie Allen’s Drawing Lab Weekly Meetup/Carla Sonheim’s book, Drawing Lab/spending time getting comfy drawing- any of this ringing a bell?)
Drawing Labs 4 and 5 both dealt with drawing animals at the zoo. I knew this assignment was coming up, as was a family trip to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. I also knew that drawing at the zoo with my family and friends in tow wasn’t the most practical idea, so I shot some videos of critters to draw later.
Drawing Lab #4-
I’m not sure if drawing in public was part of this lesson here, but I’m not down for that just yet if it was. Watching and trying to catch the big shapes of the animals was where I focused my energy. I drew some stingrays that my son was fed and petted. I don’t know what it is about stingrays that I love so much, but I see a fabric collection based on them is in my future. Anyhow, the drawings-
Drawing Lab 5-
More zoo animals, only this time experimenting with different pencils.
I’ve always found myself drawn to the softer leads with their softer, more forgiving lines, although they do tend to smear easier.
Oh, and that freaky looking creature in the center? Is actually supposed to be an alligator drawn from above while he’s swimming. I’ll just go ahead and say, “You’re welcome!” because honestly, any misgivings you have about your own drawing skills should be laid to rest with that gem- lol!
Admittedly, I procrastinated like a mofo on these assignments. I don’t know if it was having to sit at my desk to watch the zoo videos while doing this assignment or something about the specific assignments that kept me from completing them on time, but I’m glad it’s over. And honestly, I probably spent more time thinking about NOT wanting to do the assignment, than doing the assignments.
So maybe that’s the lesson I learned here…