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RedFox in Graphite

RedFox in Graphite

The story behind the sketch: Spring is officially here, but I’d like to pay homage to Winter one last time, by sharing this page from my nature diary, entered back in January.

As my husband & I walked in the “natural” portion of a town park nearby, I was feeling rather gloomy since there was little color, compared to that of the bounty of wildflowers that had been growing there a few months ago at our last visit. But we found a treasure that was equal to or beyond the color of Autumn: a red fox, sitting out in a field, leisurely grooming himself in the sun. Luckily, he wasn’t aware of us, and I was able to snap several pictures before he finally realized he had observers.

my experience in doing this sketch:

At first,  I was only doing a “preliminary” sketch, very rough & all in one grade of pencil—just to kind of get the “idea” down on paper. ( Which I ran out of space on when it came to the fox’s long tail!) But later I went back & added more detail–just for the heck of it. It’ still kind of rough, but that’s okay; it doesn’t  have to be a super-detailed drawing; it  preserves a memory for me, & as I drew it, allowed me to familiarize myself with the way a fox is “made” , as simply taking a photo could never do.

The technical stuff:

A #3B Eberhard Faber Microtomic graphite sketch pencil was used to “rough-in” the image. Softer grades were used to add some detail–5-9B.

NOTE: All images and text in this post are Copyright K. A. Renninger 2013. I am more than happy to have you share them through your own blog, and hope you will do so—but you must give me credit. Anyone who uses them to make money will be prosecuted.