Bunny Girl 3 Ways: Gouache, Pencil and Digital

Painting of Hildur and her bunny from in gouache, 8.5 x 11”.
Painting of Hildur and her bunny from in gouache, 8.5 x 11”.

I drew and painted Hildur from Sktchy App with her bunny three different ways. First I sketched her in pencil on paper then painted her in gouache and then did a digital rendition in Procreate. Which do you like better?

Hildur and her bunny, graphite on paper 8.5 x 11 inches
Hildur and her bunny, graphite on paper 8.5 x 11 inches
Hildur and her bunny, Procreate on iPad
Hildur and her bunny, Procreate on iPad

I was simplifying shapes in Procreate and decided to leave off her facial features.

Hoppy Easter Bunnies (and a Guinea Pig)

Baby Bunnies Chillin' & Chowin' Down, ink & watercolor, 5x8"

Baby Bunnies Chillin' & Chowin' Down, ink & watercolor, 5x8"

My local bunny rescue/pet supply store Rabbit Ears, has a bunch of bunnies available for adoption including this litter of 6 week old babies and their mom. While I sketched them, they took turns sleeping piled together, eating from their big bowl of bunny chow, grooming themselves and each other, and dropping little bunny pellets.

More bunnies (left side of spread), ink & watercolor, 5x8"

More bunnies (left side of spread), ink & watercolor, 5x8"

I left the babies and wandered around the store, drawing rabbits in different enclosures. It’s hard to figure out bunny parts with all that fur hiding everything.

Lucy the Guinea Pig

Lucy the Guinea Pig (Detail)

I think my favorite sketch is Lucy the Guinea Pig. I was surprised to see she had no visible pupils in her little red eyes.

Bunnies & Guinea Pig, right side of spread

Bunnies & Guinea Pig, right side of spread

The lop-eared rabbit’s name is Snickers. As soon as I started to sketch him he and his cage-partner Oreo got so busy grooming each other I couldn’t see his face to finish the drawing.

Full spread in sketchbook

Full spread in sketchbook

Happy Easter, Passover and Spring!

Barbara’s Chicks All Grown Up and Bye-Bye Tate the Bunny

Barbara's Chickens All Grown Up, ink & watercolor 7x5"

Barbara's Chickens All Grown Up, ink & watercolor 7x5"

The first time I got to sketch Barbara’s chickens they were these cute little chicks. Now they’re full-grown laying ladies and hilarious to watch as they run about with their tiny bird brains. Barbara has built the most amazing Chicken World for them in her yard, where they can run free and eat bugs and organic greens, safe from predators (raccoons are a big problem here), or snuggle in their cozy nesting house.

Gertie and the Bunny

Gertie the Dog and Tate the Bunny

The last time we sketched in her garden I sketched Gertie from the front. Here she is from the back. She is a wonderful, loving, and very furry pooch. Then I started trying to sketch the bunny Barbara was babysitting for her daughter. The bunny was so twitchy, didn’t hold still and so fluffy as to be seemingly amorphous. But I knew there were some basic shapes in there somewhere so I kept trying to find them.

In the sketch above I finally did find the basic shape of a bunny. In the first attempts below, not so much. (I love that phrase “not so much” even though I’m sure it’s become passé by now, along with “Really?”, “You think?”, “How’s that working for you?”  and “Meh.” Don’t know where those came from but I still like them for their sarcastic yet humorous tone.)

Bunny first attempts; completely at a loss

Bunny first attempts; completely at a loss

Above are the first attempts at the bunny, in which I became totally frustrated but didn’t give up. I’m glad I got to draw him since shortly after our sketch night he passed away from a recurrence of a serious illness he’d fought several times before. I hope he has found a home in bunny heaven as nice as the one he had with Barbara’s family.

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