If you’ve been following this blog for any time at all, you have probably already realized that I can’t resist a pun. If you’re new here, then consider yourself warned. However, if you’ve been around and are simply that oblivious, well… sorry. Just… sorry.
To further my mission of stating the obvious in no uncertain terms, this post will feature the image of …
… a deer.
The banner at the top of this post may have also given away THAT surprise.
Tis lovely buck was undertaken as a bit of research for another piece. It hews rather closely to the photographic reverence. You can see the original image at Phrank’s Photos, here.
I approached this drawing pretty much how I would have tackled a non-digital sketch with a pencil. First, I sketched in the main shapes to get the proportions correct.
This mainly included the neck, back and haunches. Then an oval on the top of the neck as a placeholder for the head.
The next twenty minutes or so were spent drawing and erasing, drawing and erasing until the deer was just right.
Then, the surrounding foliage sprang up on a separate layer. At this point, the picture was done.
Or so I thought.
The sketch was nice enough, but I wanted to bring it to the next level of *finish* for the blog. A third layer was used for the gray. Working loosely, with a 30% gray, I blocked in the rough areas of relative shade. Finally, some details and highlights were pulled out of the gray areas, using the eraser.
Only problem: I still don’t know how to draw deer’s feet.