Charcoal study from my month-long demo session!

My students and I have been studying birds for 9 months. However, last month we studied a few mammals. It put me out of my comfort zone. In order to teach them to draw mammals, one had to learn and find out ways to simplify the existing methods. After working for a few weeks, I came up with simpler ways to make head studies with geometric shapes. Whenever I come up with new ways to draw certain subjects, always share them with my kids. If they can draw it, anyone can!

We slogged through the month, working on head profile studies, making various drafts, line drawings and then transferring the line drawing to the final paper. Studying antler textures, fur texture, eye studies, nose texture and then the finally making the spots with tiny fur!

It was an enjoyable month with my students making this Spotted deer study!

Sharing various stages for your reference, hope you find them useful.

Session one we worked on antlers with rough textures and ridges with various values.

Session two we worked on soft textures of the ears and watery eyes.

Session three we worked on forehead with fur texture and the soft watery wet nose.

Session four we worked on body fur, spots, folds on the neck and creating soft edges.

Spotted Deer Male (Axis axis)
Title: Spotted Deer study!
Medium: Charcoal on paper
Size:11.7×16.5 inches,220GSM Scholar Paper
Duration: 8.5 hours
January 20th, 2023
Location: Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, India
Reference: Own Image!

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Prasad Natarajan
Prasad Natarajan

Rediscovering Nature: Wildlife Blogger, Artist and photographer.

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