I started out sketching a Gorilla portrait, but…I’m not sure if that’s what I ended with?
I just don’t feel that I really captured the gorilla the way I intended to. Something seems a little off to me. Perhaps the lower portion of the face it a bit too narrow or the jawline is too square. I’m not sure what it is…
None the less, he was fun to draw. He kept my pen moving and my mind focused for a while.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this sketch.
My sketching habit is becoming more integrated into my daily routine. Quite often I not only sketch in the early morning hours but try to sneak a little time in the evenings as well.
Putting the pen or pencil to paper is such a therapeutic experience. It’s so calming for me, to focus purely on the creation of a sketch. To see a sketch take form beneath the pen is a satisfying and pure experience that serves to ground me and allow me to let go of the outside world, if only for a short period of time. This exercise is now becoming an essential part of my day.
For this sketch, I started with a light pencil outline to get the proportions correct. Once I was satisfied, I began laying down the ink with a Micron 005 and continued with ink until all the base linework and hatching was established. Then I used Copic markers to add color and some amount of shadow. Lastly, I use a white colored pencil and a white gel pen to create limited highlights.