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    Animal almanac

    I've set myself the challenge of drawing an animal for every letter of the alphabet, as a spur to transcend my comfort zone. Maybe I'll start again when I get to Z. Any comments or critiques welcome, and if anyone can think of a beastie beginning with X that would be nice too. A is for Albatross and B is for Brown Bear. The second image is based on a photo by Roger N Clark.

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    Mograt, my cat, for my sins... Drawn from life.

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    Nice drawings so far. As for the animal beginning with X see if you can find something here.

    Edit: Forgot to tell you, but you might want to take a look at this book. It's probably the best I've seen about animal drawing (not that I've seen many... but really, it's awesome).

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    That dog is great. Love how you've rendered out the hair!

    Breaking the comfort zone can be hard. Which reminds me i gotta draw some more cloth ... oh the dread.

    Keep it up!

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    Beutiful pencils, very bright, the volumen is the correct, hope to see the next animals

    Sorry for my poor english

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    Thanks all. E is for one of those big grey wrinkly beasties who live in Africa...

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    Nice challenge!
    The elephant is great, wrinkley. You have great pencil work
    There is somthing unclear behind the dogs head, a shadow which is bordered maybe?

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    Such a good idea to draw an animal for every letter! Good luck with x...
    The dog is very lifelike, and the elephant's wrinkled skin looks good! Keep this up.

    Chompo: That's a pillow.

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    Thanks again.
    F and G:

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    I for impala... this one's called Vlad...

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    The fox is great, the way you put the hair on it, is very natural

    Sorry for my poor english

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    J for Jaguar. I'm still seeing spots... (Might help if I actually uploaded it)

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    Lovely sketches and a fun idea. The dog is my favourite - great fur rendering - but I was hoping C would be for Crow. Ah, nevermind.

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    No Crows this time around. Might do a Raven for R, unless it's a rinho. A Kingfisher and some other twitchy critchers, for now... The Meerkats are based on a photo originally by Robert Stacey. Can't remember where the bird or the Lemurs came from. Madagascar obviously is highly likely in the latter case.

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    This is definately a great idea.
    Very nice linework and the hare is trippy. Make it spin and you will blow minds.
    Keep it up.

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    When I master Flash I'll have the hares running around in circles....


    Here's a funny fish, the Nautilus, aka. goggle-eyed spaghetti monster of the deep.

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    O for Owl. This one was a hoot to do...

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    This is a great idea to get out of your comfort zone, I love the pieces you've done so far
    Keep going!

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    Nice sketchbook you have here !!
    Its quite fun to guess which animal you will draw next.
    How much time did you need to finish your last pic?
    The eyes are really great.

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    I sometimes don't know what to do next myself. Last time it was nearly an otter or an oyster catcher, or maybe an osprey or an oryx.

    The Owl took an hour or two. Feathers are not my strong point, actually. I usually like to draw the kind of bird that doesn't have feathers.

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    P is for Puffin! I love puffins. Q is for Quali. I did do a quail in the end.

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    Quick sketch done in one go, from life, with no erasing. A very bonnie bunny is Lofty. Pure black except for his white front feet (hence Lofty Socks). He can be a bit stroppy, but was a very good model for this, not moving until I'd finished. Charlotte, his wife, moved into the way at one point, wanting in on the action, but then got pencil shy.

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    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

    SHARK!!

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    I like that jaguar man.

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    A very late tiger... It's very dangerous water indeed.

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