I have been asked to paint a young stag and it’s with delight that I begin.
Just before Christmas I bought The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and it cast a spell over me for the whole week during which I sat snuggled up reading it. Why? because it is set in times past in frontier Alaska where snow, log cabins and basic living are the norm – my kind of escape material for some reason.
Anyway – getting back to my sketch. The story features a great deer and I imagined his antlers silhouetting against the barren snowy nightscapes and with this image in mind I began my baby stag.
I selected a few images from royalty free sites and my customer chose one. One that I would have chosen too, which boded well.
To push me to draw fast and focussed I stood bending over slightly at a table in my studio. It was not comfy and made me get down the essential planes quickly. I was happy with the funny knuckle and finger-like horns and the eyes as I drew.
I never realised just how asymmetrical and un-matching the horns are. They are both quite different in shape and width as they grow out of the head.
Looking at it now I feel overall he has too austere a look and is a bit unfriendly. I may have drawn his face too thin overall and I need to create a small disconnect between the inner edges of his ears and those antlers to make a shadow area – what do you think?
Anyway – I might be able to soften this skull-like line drawing with the warmth and fluidity of watercolour washes which I will do tomorrow.
To see a doe watercolour demo I did a while back click here.
If not I will draw again. I love the curvilinear and sensuous planes and angles in this animal. So graceful.
Watch this space.