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.
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.
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!
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.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these simple sketches.