Giraffe Sketch

Every painting starts out with a sketch. If I’m sure of the subject, composition and lighting, the sketch will be fairly rough, sometimes even the slightest of gestures. This one plays with a lighting that would be more common to portraiture. I generally place my light source to the left-front of the subject, but this one is a little more to the left-top. Therefore, I spend more time blocking the light in until I’m certain I have a grasp of how the light should fall on the subject.

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.

—Pablo Picasso