02 April 2010
I took out my graphite pencils the other day and began experimenting. It's been so long since I used them and tried to do something artistic with them. When I have creatures on my mind they are usually of same variety: owls, foxes, bears and wolves. My first graphite drawing in awhile was of the latter two. I couldn't find my shader so I used tissue paper to smudge and shade. I left the edges rough and smudge too instead of cleaning up the lines. I just kind of liked the way it looks like that.
I decided to draw a wolf of the more realistic kind. I pulled out a book I have had since elementary school, Of Wolves and Men by Barry Holstun Lopez. I remember reading straight through this and devouring it all up as a kid. Wolves were one of my first favorite animals. The book has some really neat photos including one of a pup. Natalie loved it and told me to draw that wolf and so I did. I wanted to add a little something so I placed a black ribbon (or scarf, as Nat calls it) around him. I was quite thankful that I had found the shader by the time I started him. Before I was even finished with the drawing, Natalie had already claimed it for herself :)
"The wolf is neither man's competitor nor his enemy. He is a fellow creature with whom the earth must be shared." -L. David Mech
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