Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Day 6 of 30 in 30 Challenge Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale Cow
8 1/2" x 11"
pastel on paper

Photo reference from the WetCanvas Reference Image Library by frangipani, titled "Humpback 3." I sketched her in response to an animals challenge for "a cow" because I knew whales, bison, elephants all use the same terms as cattle, bull or cow. 

One thing I like about this sketchbook is that it's getting me sketching large. While I enjoy using the small sketchbooks I've been doing a lot more pastels with the big pages, and whatever pastels are handy. This time it was the Mungyo Standard 64 color half sticks set, a student set I picked up on Amazon cheap. They are the best, handiest student set of pastels I've ever used, perfect to introduce someone to the medium with a big enough range to really get a feel for it and not get bogged down in substitutions.


  1. Robert, it is so good to see you participating in the challenge too!!! Love this of the humpback! This is a fun project to do. I got too complacent during Dec. and this is spurring me on to do more. I shall return!

    1. Thank you! It was just what I needed to kick start me back into daily art. A little more than I was usually doing for daily art, most of mine will be pastels like this one. This rocks!