Around four years later, I decided to pick up a pencil again. The subject this time was a Common Green Forest Lizard (Calotes calotes), which is found in India and Sri Lanka. I’d taken the reference photograph in the Sinharaja rainforest in Sri Lanka on a trip earlier in 2017. It’s a big lizard, yet incredibly easy to miss as they sit completely motionless amongst the bright green foliage which provides them with excellent camouflage. During the breeding season, the males develop a bright red head. At a time when my photography was going through an enforced hiatus, this drawing made me appreciate the benefits that the actual process of drawing can bring, and made me decide to give it another chance.
No more than four or five drawings later, including this Meadow Pipit, I’d thrown in the towel. I wasn’t happy with what I was capable of, and wasn’t really prepared to invest the time and patience it would take to improve. Why I’d set such high expectations and misplaced optimism ... Read more