Not sure of the whole inspiration behind this piece. Mostly, I wanted to try out some pastels I bought a couple of weeks ago and I thought I'd try a different animal. Surprisingly, the sketch of the bear turned out really well really fast. I like some things about pastels, but there's other things I like better about pencils. This was a pretty fast piece. I started sketching last night. To get a finished product like this with pencils would take at least a week of working all evening. So, that's an advantage, but I think it's lacking in details. Oh, and that is a fish he's clutching close.
So . . . first polar bear in more than a decade. And first aurora borealis ever.
I might enter this into the Utah Hogle Zoo Art Show, if I get one or two other pieces I really like. I don't know. What's your thought? It this an appealing picture? An attractive style?
And I might turn them into Christmas cards. Maybe.
I would like critiques. More on using pastels, I think. I'm sure there's anatomy that needs touching up, but I'd really love to learn how to better use pastels to create the types of pieces I would like to. And maybe how to draw aurora borealises better.
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