Elephant Seal I (Pencil in Moleskine sketchbook, 6x5").
Elephant Seal II (Pencil in Moleskine sketchbook, 6.5x5").
Elephant Seal III (Ink in Moleskine sketchbook, 7x5"). I applied the ink with a W&N Series 7 #2 brush.
As mentioned in a previous post, I don't particularly care for the overly blended pencil look. Perhaps it's an over-reaction on my part, but I've been experimenting with other methods to create values. I opted for a more pen/ink/etching based rendering composed of cross-hatching and emphasizing the form by rendering in the direction of the shape.
This past January, Juliana and I went on a road trip up the California coast. We started in San Diego and ended in Bodega Bay with several stops along the way. When taking road trips, it's easy to focus on the destination, so we tried to let whimsy be a guide, and stopped at anything that piqued our interest. One of those stop brought us to an elephant seal colony near San Simeon. It was amazing to watch them interact and move. They are such strange and awkward creatures. Mating season had begun which made them territorial and caused frequent confrontations. The drawings above were based on my photos.