these are beautiful!
Not necessarily. Have you heard of “drawing on the right side of the brain”? The theory is that by drawing upside-down, you produce a more accurate drawing, because it forces you to focus on the actual lines you see and avoid unconscious interpretation.
I assume this is intended as an observation of Zalophus californianus. You could, however, split off the Phalacrocorax auritus into a separate observation.
I love using colored pencils to create vibrant illustrations because they have drawing pencils’ ease of use and the pop of color paint and watercolor. Colored pencils are a fuss-free combo of both, so I can do sketching without having to set up paint palettes or multiple tins of water.
Here’s a sketch I made of a painting my mom made.
I was at a zoo and made a bunch of really fast, bad sketches, but when I got home I redid my favorites and they turned out really nice!