Thanks for posting your reference! Any plans for some new studies?

Cheers, :slight_smile:



Actually yeah~ XD I found some nice horse pictures I’m gonna probably doodle. Gonna be hard though since I really need to focus a lot on school. 7 weeks left and I’ve been pretty lazy this year :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


A couple of commissioned wolf characters, and a current WIP~ All unreferenced.
Crits on the WIP would be good if you have any. :3


hey man… this stuff is pritty cool
i can see you have a thing for wolfs! :smiley:


Just found another great thread!!! :scream:

Ok I’ll comment a little on the last ones:

icey: can’t see some of your stuff, but that bull is really great, I love it. Is he missing the right horn?

Lancear: very nice sketch for a the first animal you’re sketching. It is a pitty about is back right leg, it is ruining it a little. I also agree with what Rbecca said about the front left leg.

Dunewolf: very nice stuff, like your style. I don’t like the 3rd wolf so much (I think it is the rambo band and the blond hair… :slight_smile: ).

Now i hope you don’t mind I dump my animal sketches here…
these are all just practice sketches done from photo ref:

quick graphite sketch (10-15 min) with a wash of watercolour:

another one (ink and watercolour), maybe around 20 min:

one of my favourites, took a little more time than the others (maybe 30-40 min), first graphite sketch and then black ink applied with metal nib:


two mosquito illustrations in watercolour:



Apologies for the late reply, but have just gotten back into town. :slight_smile:

I’m really liking your wolf studies ~ the outlines are solid and obviously you are confident in your drawing skills. The main thing I would recommend is to add more value / hue variation to the fur ~ you might want to check out Bobby Chiu’s Creature Tutorial~ he’s very much a master of creating fur just using two or three values / hues. I think by varying the fur just a bit, you will create a lot more depth and interest to your pieces. Hope to see more of your work! :slight_smile:


Really lovely work here! I particularly like the first elephant watercolor (the spareness and the way you’ve edited the depiction of the animal is quite nice) and the latter insect pieces are great! Were these merely done for fun or for some other purpose? Great to see your work! :slight_smile:




Icey: Just a small thing… ;D

Cheers! Lol, I’m really not a fan of animals with human-hair either, but if your commissioner asks for it… :]

Wow, I do love those elephants, and how you’ve captured their essence with so little paint/ink~ (you must save a fortune on supplies too… 8D Though not as much as us Photoshoppers!)

Rebeccak:[/b] Thank you! Mmmm, Bobby’s stuff is most delicious~ Really useful tutorial there =D
Yeah, I agree that’s something I could work on. I still really like this colour-job, despite it probably being my fastest, 'cause I got some good contrasting lowlights in there.

I just find it hard with more complex coat patterns like Rambo-wolf up there, as well as with black fur… without going uber dramatic like with this one. (a colour-job I also really like, so it does seem like hue variation is the way to go!)


Hi Rebecca, thank you. The first pieces were quickly done just for practice in my sketchbook.
The mosquitoes were final projects for a workshop of scientific illustration in attended in the beginning of the year. The mosquitoes took a lot more work, they were done based mainly in microscope observations of the mosquitoes, so i had to do a lot of observation and skecthing. I also used references from the internet to build up the image (especially for the second, the first was mainly based in direct observation). The first one has some issues, but it is already done, I learned a lot doing these!

Thanks Dunewolf, yeah they don’t have much ink because they are just sketches and I like doing sketches, when I start developing things more they get worse and I get frustrated. About the supplies I have no problem… I have been using the same watercolour box for years and I think it will last some more (I don’t use it so often). :smiley:

Here is another one (some dinossaur’s head, I forgot the name), ink and watercolour:

And a progress shot of the second mosquito piece:

Hope you like it.


This has been stopped for too long (trying to revive thread)!
Couple of monkeys, from ref:


[left]Hi Rebbeca,
First off thank you for an excellent effort in creating this force and keeping the momentum. About this post , this is a WIP that came out of studying Animal anatomy, mostly from books , standard Photoshop brushes and a wacom graphire (my beloved), Any comments, critiques are welcome…this is a WIP! again…

thanks all…



hi all,
Havent worked on the Tigers form but i sort of spent last night drawing Zach’s mug shot, welcome any and all critique on the portrait, composition or lack of it…

… umm…and any suggestions on how to balance the two parts of the image…??


Rabidtooth, thanks for the kind words. :slight_smile: Nice piece here - I’m not sure what the story is behind it, so it’s hard to suggest ways to balance the composition. Will you be adding text? One thing I would suggest clarifying is the tiger’s environment - it looks atm as though he is running through snow, and I’m not sure if that is your intent. The rendering of the person is more refined than the tiger - you may want to bring the rendering of the tiger up a bit more. Looking forward to seeing your progress. :slight_smile:




Hi Rebecca,
Nice to hear your reply, i tried to work on it, this comp. is a tribute piece to Zach de la Rocha…Massive RESPECT!!! I have tried to show his spirit, the energy of his vocals, like a tiger in a trap, bleeding his energy all over the place…im gonna get teary eyed…hehe, but i havent visualised a connection between his portrait and the beast, maybe the chain but it isnt working, something more visual less conceptual…i did add a bit of detail to the tiger paws and his dorsal fur… i’l post another update tommorow… id appreciate another look from you then.


… c n c welcome


here’s some more animals:


Here is a traditional painting of an eagle I photographed at a wildlife refuge. It had a portion of wing missing and could not fly anymore.
The painting was done in oil on hard board panel, 14" x 12" (25.5cm x 33cm). Since I have the peculiar habit of timing everything I work on, I know it took me 45 hours to sketch and paint to finish.

—Hmm tech problem— I guess I don’t know how to attach a larger image in this window without a thumnail preview. This is my first attachment attempt.




You might pm Rebecca about how to post a bigger image.

Really like the bugs in your portfolio …:slight_smile:


Quadart, very nice work.

Also done a eagle head studyy recently, not as elaborated as yours, though:


Some great stuff here! -voraz-, that’s some nice work. Quadart, that’s very pro! Hope to see more of your stuff on the forums. :slight_smile:


Thanks Rebecca. Here’s a tiger portrait done with Indian ink on poliester paper.