In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’ve been busy working on a new theme of drawings each week. At the end of the week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration. And I’m learning how to draw so many new things this year, which is really exciting!
My theme for September is backyard wildlife, so week 38 in my animal art series features the white-tailed deer.
Their coat is a reddish-brown in the spring and summer and turns to a grey-brown throughout the fall and winter. The deer can be recognized by the characteristic white underside to its tail. Males regrow their antlers every year. They eat acorns, fruit, and corn, and forage foraging on other plants, including shoots, leaves, and grasses.
After doing a quick pencil sketch of my concept, I started out with a watercolor wash for the background colors of each fox and other nature elements. Then I love to dive in with my tiny paintbrushes to add details and give them personality.
Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to saltwater fish
Click here to see Weeks 17-20: Backyard Birds, Flamingos, Peacock and Macaws
Click here to see Weeks 21-25: Bugs: Neon Insects, Monarch Butterflies, Butterflies, Neon Spiders, and Moths
Click here to see Week 26: Nature is new every morning.
Click here to see Weeks 27-30: Wildflowers + Pollinators
Click here to see Weeks 31-34: Freshwater Fish
Click here to see Week 35: Squirrel Shenanigans
Click here to see Week 36: Raccoons
Click here to see Week 37: Wily Fox