January 22, 2010

Here are different stages of one drawing of a Bobcat made with colored pencils. The first stage, shown above, was done on January 20th, and only reveals the Bobcat’s eyes.

The second stage, done on January 21st, shows more facial features.

The final drawing, completed January 24th, can be viewed at Nova Scotia Bobcat.

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Freshwater Shells

May 20, 2009

shell2Univalves reveal a spiral design that has fascinated artists, biologists and mathematicians throughout the ages.  The mathematical equation on which the proportions of this design are based is known as the Golden Mean, Golden Section and the Golden Ratio. 

Although the most excellent example of this ratio is the shell of the Chambered Nautilus, the spirals found in these simple freshwater shells also aspire to similar proportions.

These drawings were made with colored pencils. 

freshwater shell

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Sea Biscuits

March 12, 2009


Why do we usually reach for white paper when making drawings?  A colored background is a refreshing change.  If the paper is dark enough for us to use a white pencil instead of a black or grey one, we must adjust our focus to draw the highlights in a subject.  To do so is surprisingly uncomfortable if one is accustomed to always working in the shadows. 

Above is a Sea Biscuit, a small and simple type of Sand Dollar found on local beaches.

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