100 Days of Drawing // Week 7

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Ah...Yosemite! I could gush on for hours about how gorgeous this National Park is. I love that I now have a handful of sketches to remind me of my stay. Drawing in the field was so much fun! It's a very different experience than the more scholastic approach I take at home. The wind blows through leaves, horses trot around, clouds swirl and rainstorms swiftly move in making me grab my sketchbook and run for cover. Some drawings were far from perfect, but since there was so much material to draw it was easy to move on and sketch something better the next day. On a few occasions (Days 47 & 48) the rain was coming down too hard for me to post up in a field, so I drew from photos taken earlier in the trip. Day 49 was spent packing up camp and driving home, but that evening I honored the final day by drawing a favorite photo from our Half Dome hike.

Week 8 wraps up tomorrow. Check back Monday for even more drawings!

Day 47 // Fern Study - I would have loved to get some shading in on this one, but it takes quite a while just to sketch in the shapes for all of these tiny leaves!

Day 43 // Mule at the Stables - The problem with mules is the same with cats, only worse. They move around too much!

Day 44 // Meadow and Royal Arches - At the end of this drawing I looked up to find the meadow had filled with deer grazing before sunset.

Day 45 // Clouds around Glacier Point - By this point of the trip, the rains had began and the clouds hung low over the cliffs and waterfalls in the valley. While it made for pretty photos, it was difficult to sit outside and draw.

Day 46 // Lupine

Day 46 bonus drawing! - Pinecone

Day 47 - Snow Plant - In real life, these are a vibrant red! The look quite foreign growing out of the forest floor.

Day 48 // Mirror Lake - Drawn from a photo I snapped earlier in the week.

Day 49 // Vernal Falls - Drawn from a photo taken on our Half-Dome hike