Monthly Archives: March 2015

I'm trying to really push this pencil drawing and develop the values. Here's another sneak peek detail shot. Birds!

drawing by Christine Mitzuk Bear Cliffs Work in Progress. Pencil on Canson Vellum. The white strips bordering the drawing are 1/4" artist tape. I'll remove them when I'm done so I'll have a clean, finished looking edge.
Bear Cliffs Work in Progress. Pencil on Canson Vellum. The white strips bordering the drawing are 1/4" artist tape. I'll remove them when I'm done so I'll have a clean, finished looking edge.

Here's a progress shot of a new personal piece. I'm drawing on Canson Vellum (one side the lines, the other side the values). I've also used Photoshop to help move and resize some elements (a little faster but same principle as tracing paper and photocopying the drawing).

Bear Cliffs Work in Progress pencil drawing on canson vellum by christine mitzuk
Pencil drawing on Canson Vellum

I plan to paint this one in oils so I'll be prepping the board tonight. I think I'll make it 16"x20". That should give the bear cliffs and waterfall enough room to feel massive. The working title is "Bear Cliffs" or "Bear Falls". Anybody have any other suggestions?

Out and about at the local zoo. Penguins, giraffes, and kudo. The wolves were even out.

Here's a page from my sketchbook. I drew with some old colored pencils in a Paperblanks brand notebook (Very thin but smooth paper. I like how the pencils feel on it but not the slight transparent nature of the paper).

Now I'm looking for ways to incorporate this critter into a dragon. Part stately creature, part comedian. It sat very still and regal looking and then waggled its tongue at us out the side of its mouth.

kudu sketch by christine mitzuk
Kudu Sketch