Drawing for me is a training to observe and to feel. In this project, I explore the forms and flows of the barn owl, polar bear and mantis. I started with using pencil to depict the structures of these creatures' heads. Later, with oil pastels, watercolors and calligraphy nibs, I tried to capture their movements. The final deliverable is a 36in by 72in poster, which is used by an art teacher in an elementary school to teach kids draw animals.
One thing I learned from drawing is to see things in space. In the class, I did some interesting practices to learn this skill. The first step is to draw mammals in elipses, with contour lines to define the space. Then I studied characters from the animation 'Ice Age', using different shapes to build up the character.
The tools I use are simple, pencil and my favourite Miffy pen. Sometimes I experiment with other materials to create random effects. I draw outdoors as well as in the museum. My favourites are birds and skeletons.
Here are some selected pages from my sketchbook. I think I will continue the practice of drawing and observing.