Today’s drawing was not what I was expecting. I even forgot this one was in the challenge!
I was mentally prepared to do tomorrow’s drawing when I went to the office today, so when I saw the schedule, I was caught off guard. I guess I could have switched today’s drawing with tomorrow’s, but I stuck with the original plan, and it actually worked out pretty well!
Title: Deer at the Lake
Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper
I have been wanting to do a drawing like this for a really really long time! I love the hymn “As The Deer”, and the imagery in the song is just beautiful. I’ve never made the time to work on this piece, and although I would have loved to have made it bigger, I figured this challenge was as good a time to do it (in fear it would never get done otherwise!).
This was not going to be the original composition for this piece; I’ve always envisioned it with the water in front, shore in back, and the deer facing the viewer. However, when I was looking up lake pictures, I found one that had branches going across the top and drooping down into the frame, and absolutely loved it. I knew I had to incorporate the branches somehow, and it didn’t make sense with the original design. I’m really happy with the way it turned out!
Did you know deer are complicated looking creatures? I’ve never noticed how strange they really are until I tried to draw one. I didn’t realize their legs were so skinny and their heads were so tapered! It threw me for a loop, just like the koala piece did.
The original is available in my Etsy store here, and prints will be coming soon.
All of the other pieces in this challenge can be found here 🙂
What is your favorite hymn? Mine is “How Great Thou Art”, but “As The Deer” definitely is in my top five!