Sketching An Inukshuk

Inukshuks are common across northern Canada.  Seen principally as a product of the Inuits, other Native American groups also make them.  They are said to have been used as navigation markers, or markers of significant locations.  They commonly represent of Canada itself and some have deemed them a symbol of hope.  You can buy tiny inukshuks as souvenirs, sold right next to the beaver and moose figurines.

In any case their structure is meant to represent a human form and larger ones even have legs and arms.  Most have outward projections that represent arms in some way.  Mostly, though, they are a pile of rocks and I love drawing rocks.

We were at the museum the other day and in the Native American exhibit there is a small inukshuk that sits behind some large display cabinets.  You can see all of it if you’re standing in front of those display cabinets but I had to sit across the aisle from them so I would have light to see my paper.  This meant that I couldn’t see the bottom half of it.  I drew it anyway, direct with ink, and this is the result.

Stillman & Birn Nova (5.5x.8.5), J. Herbin Lie de Thé ink

I really had fun drawing this inukshuk and I remembered that I’d drawn one before, an inukshuk that resides on the Quebec Parliament grounds.  I decided to see if I could find that sketch.  I rarely look at my old sketches but  I did find it and I learned a couple things.  First is that this older sketch was done in 2012, only a few months after I decided to learn how to draw.  The second thing I learned is that I have actually improved as I’ve accumulated pen miles.  That made me happy.  Maybe inukshuks do represent hope.

Learning To Sketching Rabbits

I recently posted a sketch of a rabbit skeleton and talked about drawing Beatrix Potter rabbits and then sketching my way to wanting to understand their insides.  I was asked “Where are the other sketches?”

Truth is, they were in my garbage can, where most of my “let’s try this” doodles end up.  I dug through the can and found a couple of the sheets with rabbits on them and, with some embarrassment, I’ll show them to you.  Laugh if you like.  I don’t mind.

These sheets are cheap card stock from Staples and so they don’t take watercolor well at all but I have such sheets sitting next to my computer and I’m always doodling something.

Some feeble attempts at drawing stuff from Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit book.

 

This hodge-podge of scribbles is typical of my doodle sheets. This one contains some feeble attempts at rabbits.

I thought I should include a serious, though not entirely successful, attempt at a rabbit just to redeem myself somewhat.  I think she’s cute.