September 13, 2016

Behind The Scenes Of The Giraffe Drawing

by Corrina Thurston

It’s been a little while since I finished my latest drawing due to illness, traveling, and just plain being busy working on other parts of my business!

Therefore, I’m happy to announce that my newest drawing is finished! Say hello to my “Giraffe” drawing, completed in colored pencil on mixed media board.

This piece is 8×10 inches big, completed with Prismacolor colored pencils. It took me approximately 20 hours to complete, so it was a relatively quick drawing for me!

Giraffe In colored pencil on mixed media board 8x10 inches big Reference photo by Crystal Stacey.
Giraffe
In colored pencil on mixed media board
8×10 inches big
Reference photo by Crystal Stacey.

 

This Drawing Is Already Famous!

Many of you have been waiting patiently for this drawing to be finished after seeing a sneak preview of it during my interview with my local news channel, WCAX.

During the interview and filming, I was currently in the process of drawing the Giraffe. To view the interview again or for the first time, feel free to check it out below!

Thanks again to Gina Bullard and Robynn Beams for coming to my studio to interview me.

“Colored-pencil artist triumphs despite health adversities”

Still shot from the video produced by WCAX. Click the title above to watch!
Still shot from the video produced by WCAX. Click the title above to watch!

 

The Drawing Process

This drawing went fairly easily at first. The giraffe herself came along quickly in the beginning and I got “in the zone” very quickly.

Then it started to waver, which is not uncommon. There’s almost always a point I reach in a drawing where I start to doubt what I’m doing and wonder how it’s going to turn out. This was about where I hit that point:

Work in progress of the Giraffe drawing.
Work in progress of the Giraffe drawing.

The background presented even more of a challenge and I admit that I’m not 100% happy with it, but I’m calling it finished for now.

Starting with a simple line drawing, this Giraffe now has a vibrant face that I hope shows off her personality.

Now it’s time to scan, sign, varnish, mat, and frame it!
Interested in buying a print of this drawing for yourself or as a gift? Check out the print options here.

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