Drawing Harry

It was always only going to be a matter of time, once I started this sketching malarkey, before I drew Harry. I confess I was a little scared. It seemed a big challenge. There were, of course, the eyes to get right, which I tackled first, figuring that if I got them wrong I wouldn’t have wasted time on the other bits.DSCN340100

But the eyes were the least of my troubles. Even harder to get to grips with was the nose and the blond hairs around it. And harder than that was drawing the fur.

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Don’t know why my camera turned this photo blue.

All in all I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt – given I only started drawing 4 months ago, but there’s certainly things I need to work on:

  1. The nose needs better texture.
  2. The hairs underneath the nose are way too thick –  although this was down to not having the right equipment.
  3.  The fur on Harry’s ear is just wrong.
  4.  The position of Harry’s left ear (the one on our right) is plain wrong too.

So the plan is to work firstly on ears – I think the challenge is that the fur on his ears is actually more hair than fur. From there I’ll tackle the nose and the white hairs under it.

As always any constructive advice from you guys will be greatly appreciated.

Until next time,

Bekki x

22 thoughts on “Drawing Harry

  1. Wow Bekki That’s amazing, don’t be so hard on yourself, you’ve done a fantastic job. Have you tried drawing him using coloured pencils ? I’m sure you’ll enjoy the contrast of the lights and darks. Xxx

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    1. Thank you. I didn’t mean to sound harsh on myself – I was chuffed with what I achieved, just can see there’s plenty of room for improvement. I haven’t tried coloured pencils because I don’t have any and the ones I have my eye on are very expensive so I want to feel sure I’ll use them enough. I also feel I’d like to get on top of using the graphite more fully too xxx


  2. Wow. What a great job.
    The only thing I noticed that you mentioned was the hair under his nose (his little Hitler moustache) but I wouldn’t have said anything unless you had pointed it out because I am so impressed with your progress, it’s amazing that you can already draw a recognisable dog. Unfortunately, as somebody who has not progressed with drawing since primary school and still draws human figures with hands like a bunch of bananas, I have no advice to give. I’m going to try copying a dog’s face in 2D needle felting next month and if it looks even half as much like a dog as your drawing does I’ll be happy.

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    1. Thank you 🙂
      At one point, before the fur went on I had pretty much drawn Harry as Hitler! As for the hairs, I needed a thin stylus for them, but didn’t have one, so retracted the lead in a mechanical pencil and just used the end of the casing. It was far too thick.
      My human hands still look pretty much like bunches of bananas too.
      Good luck with the dog – sounds pretty impossible, but you made such a great job of the hare, I’m sure it will be fab.


  3. I think you are being very self critical. You have drawn a very good Harry,. I agree with the comment above to use coloured pencils now. Well done you, are you sure you haven’t done this before?

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    1. Thank you. As I said below I think I came across as more critical than I am – I am chuffed with what I did. As I also said below, I will try coloured pencils when I have some.
      No honest, not done it before. All I ever did before about learning to draw was attend a Drawing for the Terrified class in 2005 where I drew 3 very stilted apples and some equally rubbish wine bottles and other cylindrical things. After 4/5 weeks of only drawing these things and seeing no improvement and being bored I gave up and didn’t attempt to draw anything again until know.
      Hubby is quite shocked at my progress and has accused me of having an artist come in and draw Harry for me! 🙂

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  4. Excellent progress and do not be so hard on yourself. I’m sure Harry loves his portrait.
    You have made good progress during the time you have been drawing and i am sure you will find improvement in everything you draw. Well done!

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