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.