Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pen, Paper and Ligers

My husband and I drove to Nashville TN this past weekend for the NCAA Umpire Clinic.
He is a college baseball umpire.
I had several hours of riding time to entertain myself (as well as my sweetie!).
I have thought about the "Sketchbook Challenge" quite a bit the last couple of weeks.
Thinking of this month's theme by Jill Berry.
Even though my family is my most highly prized treasure,
I was trying to think of other things that were highly prized.
One of the things we humans tend to prize is animals.
Both domestic and wild.
My thoughts ran to the big cats.
Those big, beautiful cats.
I love to watch them on television.
Read about them.
Look at pictures of them.
So, one of the things that I am drawing in my sketchbook is a Big Cat.
And, in true Callie (my nickname) fashion-
It's probably not going to be a traditional looking lion or tiger but, well, maybe a liger.
Below is the basic drawing that I started with.

Now, notice that it's a very simple little sketch or drawing.
No details, just plain. This is exactly how I begin all my drawings.
Very simple with clean lines.
I begin adding details, dots and lines that appear rather random.
I often use dots as a method to shade. My son (who is an awesome artist) uses a lot of cross hatching. He says that it covers more space and is much quicker than my beloved little dot.
I'm sure he is right, but I sure do love the dot, dot, dot...
Look below to see half of my drawing all detailed.
All tricked out.


Just for comparison sake, here is the entire page of the sketchbook. I've left space at the top of the page to do more drawing or to write...
maybe I'll finish the entire drawing...
maybe not.


  1. I love it! Thank you for a glimpse into the way you work!


  2. that is awesome! I love to sketch and have since I could hold a pencil...

  3. Ooo! I love your dot, dot, dots!

    Stepping bravely into the challenge,here's my first sketch:

  4. I'm totally attracted to these drawings you do with all the intricate decoration. Part drawing, part zendoodle. Lovely.

  5. I love this post! I thought your highly prized was going to be the dot, which I am also enamored with. But animals works great for us too! Love the drawing!

  6. Great post: I love your tiger and the process you are using...

  7. Wow, Carol, what an amazing drawing. I love the yin and yang look of the two sides.

  8. I thought the same thing as Cynthia..yin/yang. Nice!

  9. Thank you everyone! I love to show people how simple it is to draw. I'm teaching a class this summer in Colorado Springs at Textile Evolution , join us!

  10. Loved this! It's so helpful to see and read about your process. (and I love college hoops - best wishes to your husband for a great season!)