I attended a dye painting fabric class recently and created two paintings. Hollis Chatelain taught the class. I love her work.
The images on the left side are how my paintings looked just after they were painted. The images on the right side are how they turned out after I washed them. The next step is to quilt them. Ha Ha. That will be a while.
That’s an alligator and a Dama Gazelle, in case you need a hint. Now, I’ve sketched that alligator at least 100 times but somehow this one time it came out looking all bulked up with huge teeth. Oh, well, back to the drawing board. Literally.
For my final illustration for the online course Natural History Illustration 101, I chose to draw a Dama Gazelle. I used a photograph I took a couple of years ago at an exotic game breeding ranch. I’ve been taking drawing lessons for two years now. I can tell you that had I tried this two years ago, it would have ended up as some version of a stick figure gazelle.
Our homework assignment for Week 5 in the Natural History Illustration 101 course was to submit an outline sketch of a mammal and to provide a few sketches of a bird. I chose these two subjects because I have good photographs of them.
Dama Gazelle, from Africa
Black-bellied whistling tree duck
A dama gazelle at the Texas Disposal Systems exotic ranch.