Standing Cow – Day 10 of 30 in 30


Apparently I have never painted a cow before.   Somebody mentioned cows in passing on facebook and this seemed like an ideal opportunity to have a go.    I took quite a lot of care on the drawing.  I even did a preparatory sketch which is something I ought always to do but rarely do.   I was glad I did in this case – those legs were worth having a bit of practice on.

As you can see from the sketch I toyed with the idea of chopping off the feet which would allow the head and body to be bigger and I could show more detail in the face.   In the end I decided the feet should be in.

This isn’t my usual paper (this is Kilimanjaro 140lb cold pressed) and it’s not as absorbent as Arches or Saunders Waterford.   This meant a few hard edges here and there but I think that adds to the charm.

It came out rather well I think.  She looks rather dignified. 

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