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Sketch for Cheetahs Fire Dancing



No. 2 pencil in my 4 x 6" Pro Art sketchbook. I tried sketching the foreground cheetah from imagination, lightly sketching in the fire and the position of the other cheetah to show context but not the dark background.

I broke past the block on even sketching it because I started doing a basic drawing class -- real basic, starts with straight lines, on WetCanvas. I sketched a statue with drapery for the section on doing folds in cloth because I thought it was interesting and wanted a brush-up on drapery for another project. The instructor mentioned that I needed to complete sections 1-5 before jumping into section 9 or 10, something like that, so off I went to Section 1, downloaded the PDF, read it and started doing the assignments. I could use the practice in basic drawing things like drawing spheres and straight lines, it never hurts.

But it just hit me -- yeah, if I am stuck on this, why not do some halfassed version of the sketch and get some help? So different versions of this may turn up and up. I'm going to mention what it is about it that's giving me trouble, because I do think that this loose sketch has bad proportions. I'm sure the heads are a bit too large and I suspect the legs may not be long enough and the whole animal is thinner, that these look like underage cheetahs instead of full grown adults.

But there's the position and even the placement of the bracelet.

I'm working on it. I may not finish soon but this IS going to be one of my best when it's done. I had wanted to finish it before starting my website, but I start my site tomorrow and I'll just keep working on it steadily till I get the actual preliminary drawing for the pastel done right. Time spent drawing so far -- one hour. Time spent thinking about it -- oh, I don't want to think about that, maybe hundreds of hours so far.
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athenagrey
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll nail the details in the next sketch, but the pose is awesome!

It's exciting to watch this coming together.
robertsloan2
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's taking more time from start than I'd planned, but it's really working -- and I found some references at last! Of course once I licked the "draw without references" thing I actually found something decent... at a time when I'm going to be horribly busy too. So look for short sessions at irregular intervals and WIP photos. I'm glad you're enjoying seeing the preliminaries!

Oooh if the pose is right, then all I really need to do is scale their proportions up to adult.
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