Sketching Geese in Pencil

This morning I had the urge to put pencil to paper and geese were on my mind. They appeal to me because of their associations with fairytales and golden eggs and a bit of magic. They also make good guard dogs and one once bit my father’s thumb really badly.

A real gaggle of geese! Pencil sketching for practice.
A real gaggle of geese! Pencil sketching for practice.

I use big A3 pads of cheap paper from Poundstretcher etc so that when I draw and doodle I’m not worrying about wasting good paper.
I used a Derwent Onyx Medium pencil to draw.

I fancied doing a few heads and one or two full bodies and this was a really good learning curve for me.

Drawing the first one I was totally drawn (excuse the pun) to her curvaceous and plump body and especially to her gesture as she stepped forward – her sweet webbed feet over-lapping each other …
lady goose


The next one was a sweet looking goose with an angelic head.


After that I saw this old looking one with a great angle to his head. Fun to try and get that down on paper – some shape!


The last one I FORCED myself do as I would normally shy away from something so difficult.

Again – learning to see is the main problem – not learning to draw! To help with that I would recommend “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards.
You will come on in leaps and bounds – I know I did. You’ll love it – it really puts you into orbit about drawing and observing – such a  phenomenal book. No wonder it has become a classic.

A while ago I took photos of real live geese near Caerphilly Caste not far from where I live. This is a watercolour I did of one of them. She was a real beauty.

goose etsy

I hope you’ve enjoyed these simple sketches.

9 thoughts on “Sketching Geese in Pencil

    1. Thanks Lori – what do you like about them? I just enjoyed studying the shapes and angles and seeing how their faces grew – plus I just love the feel of pencil on paper – it soothes me.

      1. Haha, there you go! They could probably fit right into The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. I also love them when they steal Tom Kitten’s clothes!

      2. They are all so adorable aren’t they – her characters? I think there is a natural and gentle feel about most farmyard animals compared to say reptiles! (No offence reptiles!)

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