A Giraffe In Pastels

Giraffe’s live in the savannas of Africa and can run up to 35 miles per hour. They can also do a light jog at 10 miles per hour. I know that sounds weird, a giraffe jogging you say, but that’s what my research turned up. They actually do jog like we do. Well know for…

Elephant in Markers

Making this elephant with markers was a real adventure to say the least. I used the same 12 sharpie markers over and over again until I was able to finish the elephant. The pack of sharpie’s I picked up came with a medium blue, dark blue, black, gray, red, light orange, dark orange, lime green,…

An Elephant In Pencil

Before I jump right into posting my sketches lets read a little bit and get educated about Elephants. First, there are two types of Elephants. Asian and African. African elephants are the larger of the two species and grow between 8 and 13 feet at the shoulder and weigh between 5,000 and 14,000 pounds. Can…

Octopus On Watercolor Paper

One of the neat things I found out about Octopuses is they can change colour. They take on and mimic undersea objects like plants or rocks to disappear into the scenery. In other words they blend in. Each Octopus has about 240 suckers and can hold up to 35 pounds. They generally live alone and…

Tiger In Coloured Pencil

Creating this Tiger was taxing to my hand yet fun and I learned a lot while creating this coloured sketch.

Clown Trigger Fish

Working with my Faber Castell polychromos colored pencils I worked on this Clown Trigger Fish for most of the day. Ok, for the background I used 2 layers of dark phthalo green, 1 layer of phthalo blue and 1 layer of turquoise. Trying to get that deep sea green worked by blending those 3 colors…

Anime Girl

After making a few Anime sketches in pencil I was inspired to work with my colored pencils to make this Anime Girl. This was my first real try with Anime. I used 2 layers of raw umber for the girl’s hair and a final layer of burnt sienna. It took several layers of purple before…

Magnolia’s In Colored Pencil

Until recently I hadn’t seen magnolia flowers and was really amazed at their beauty when I saw them. For years a friend of mine had a magnolia tree outside of his house. The flowers on the trees always caught my eye however; I didn’t know they were magnolia’s. In this colored pencil sketch I used…

Paintings of Jesus

After so many years of painting abstract and animals I was inspired to start to paint people.  I composed this painting of Jesus a few weeks ago. This painting is 18 x 24 on stretched cotton canvas. I used a variety of oil colors to create this painting. Usually I would have to thin out…

A Falcon In Colored Pencil

Working for about 3 days to create this Falcon turned out to be a good learning experience for me. I used several different shades of brown and experimented as I created this Falcon. The first layer of brown I put down was raw umber, which by the way is the lightest shade of brown that…

A Wolf In Colored Pencil

I haven’t used a regular number 2 pencil in years so this sketch was good practice again for me. This sketch here took the better part of 3 hours while I was burning the midnight oil. LOL- Using a lot of gray, purple and black I worked on the Wolf till a little more color…

A Ringtailed Lemur

Lemur’s are used as a symbol for Madagascar and for endangered animals on the island. Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean 250 miles off the eastern coast of Africa. Lemur’s are well adapted for climbing and are very agile in the tree tops. They love to partake in sunbathing. They eat fruit mostly but…