So Kate and I have been back to drawings for a bit. They are always useful studies for a painting, but sometimes they are just fun to do because you don't have to wash brushes afterwards like with painting. Dammit I hate washing brushes at the end the day. The only reason I even want children in life is to have a cheap source of brush washing labor. Anyway, before I get on too many tangents, we have been experimenting a lot with the "effects" of charcoal and white chalk. Just like with painting, you can utilize the medium to create textures rather than rendering everything verbatim like a sucker. Kate has been using a lot of hatching and I have been experimenting a lot with the kneadable eraser to create marks.
Dory study by Kate
Speaking of tangents, I would like to talk about how much I hate our rooster. There is a good reason these guys are called "cocks." He is basically like a drunken frat boy at a bar who wants to start a fight with me every time I get within 5 feet of his ladies. I have tried to explain to him time and time again that the hens and I are just "friends" and that's it. After he charges me, I have to whack him with a stick so he knows who is boss and backs off. He is also mean as heck to the hens and rips out their feathers as he does the funky chicken with them. As a result, Kate has had to make defensive capes for the hens. Yes, this is our life.