Tuesday, 28 July 2009


After reading comments made by a couple of artist friend on another forum site, I went and had another look at this piece and I agree with what they both said that the grass was to distracting, so I've thinned it out, and I've also removed the broken branch from the tree on the right and a few bushes, I have also tried to add more tone to the cub and large lion mainly in the shadow areas, let me know what you think... I don't think the sandy ground shows up to well on the pic but it is there, once finished I have to start on the sky!! something new for me... so far almost 60 hours of drawing time on this piece I'll be pleased to see it finished

Sunday, 26 July 2009

wip 7

As you can see I have been working on the BG to the right of the main Lion, and introducing the shadow, the Sun is high but to the left of the lion so not shining to much on his side more on the top of his back, do you think this shadow looks correct? I must have re-drawn it 10 times already I have even made a blue tac model and then shone a light on it to give me the idea of how it should look....

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Blog Award

I have just been awarded a blog award from an American Artist friend of mine Teresa, many thanks Teresa. I have to list seven things you may not know about me, so here goes.

1. I only started drawing again around 2 years ago.

2. I have Osteoarthritis in my hands and knees ( bit of a bummer when you want to draw)

3. I have almost completed my Driving Instuctors course which has taken 6 months.

4. I have 3 sisters ( all younger than me )

5. I have 3 Sons, 1 step son, 1 step Daughter.

6. My fav group of all time is Pink Floyd

7. I wish I had taken up art again many years ago

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Part 6

Very little work has been done over the last few days due to other commitments, but thought I would show how I'm working on the background, grass has never been a strong point, so it may change to dust and rock along the way....

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Part 5

Only about 4 hours work managed today, but I did complete the blocking in of the remaining leg and most of the shading, I also worked on the cub again. as you can see there is still a lot of paper to empty, my intention now is to fill in the background so they look like there walking across the Serengeti, due to other commitments, I wont be able to start the until the weekend, Ill post as soon as there is and update...:)

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Part 4

Getting there, just the front right leg to block in and then tone, once the two lions have been finished its onto the background....

Monday, 13 July 2009

Part 3

Two WIP photos to show today, as my camera battery died on me last night, so I was unable to post. I have spent around 6 hours working just on the rear leg of the large lion today, this is due to the very small pencil marks I make to try and create the fur texture, this is achieved by a 2 layers of 2H and then tone and form is applied with a HB again maybe 2-3 layers, I then blend the two together with the
2H, the darks of the toes are drawn with a 4B, any thing that looks to dark is brought back with Blue Tac

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Part 2

With this posting I'm sure you can now see where I'm going with this drawing, I spent a little time shading the cub and will go back to him at the end, the last 4 hours have been spent on the male lion, getting the fur tones and form on its face has been more difficult than I thought it would be, but I'm getting there, hope to post more tomorrow.

Friday, 10 July 2009

In his Fathers Footsteps new WIP

This is the first part of a new drawing, ''In his Fathers Footsteps'' this little cub is 5 x 2.5 inches and has taken approx 5 hours, the finished drawing should measure approx 21 x 14 inches, so there is a lot more paper to cover, I will post more tomorrow and hope you like the way the drawing and the story developes...

Tuesday, 7 July 2009


After over 40 hours of drawing time, my latest work is finished, measuring 20 x 10 inches it is my largest piece to date, my biggest problem all the way through, has been to think of a title, so I looked through all my Pink Floyd cd's for insperation, when I reached the album that turned me on to the Floyd back in the 70s
''Meddle'' the track ''Fearless'' jumped out at me, it just seems the perfect title. Hope you like him, as much as I did creating him....

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Wip 6

Only a few hours drawing managed today due to family and friends visiting, as you can see I've been working away at the rear legs, not happy with the right one tucked under his body, something doesn't look right so will have to work on that next time, hope you enjoy the updates and they are not to boring, look forward to your comments ( still no Title )

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Wip part 5

Working my way down the body and bringing the rear legs into play, almost 30 hours and still going strong, but still no title!