I did a couple of things last night. I’ve been using small paper so I can start and finish drawings quickly. Small drawings are also easier on my hand and arm and I’m not using up quite so much material in the process.
House Finches are cute. For a while, until the practice was outlawed, these pretty finches were being captured and kept in cages. When the practice of keeping wild birds in cages and sold was forbidden, pet store owner didn’t know what to do with the birds, so they let them go. As a result, a bird that was native to Arizona and the southwest now lives in almost every state except (maybe) Alaska. Nobody minds them since they are pretty and have that lovely bright red head and a lot of attitude.
And now, a new squirrel.
You might notice that I’m working on feet. This is the first squirrel I’ve drawn who has the feet I want for his character. He was really standing on a pile of seeds. I didn’t feel like spending a lot of time drawing all those seeds, so I settled on a pile of orange that could be seeds if you stretch your imagination… a lot.
According to the animation artists on Disney, the first things people look at in any picture are eyes and feet. Why? They don’t know and neither do they. I have had a serious issue with feet. Slowly but surely, I’m working on it. This is the FIRST TIME I’ve gotten feet looking more or less the way I want them to look. I’m working on the hands. Squirrels have very spidery hands that are difficult to draw. I may have to find a workaround. Some version of the hands that are easier to draw and also easier to see. At least I feel I’ve got the feet. That’s something, right?