Badgered!

24 Jan

24 badgers

I’ve had enough of hares and I’ve moved onto badgers. I very rarely draw animals, except cats, so it takes a while to get used to alien anatomy. Here are the first two sketches, trying to get to grips with the proportions and where different bits go. They have blocky little legs.

24 badger

By the third sketch, I was relaxing and getting used to the little beasties and had a bit more fun with the mark making. Drawing from photographs isn’t satisfactory because it’s surprising how much detail simply isn’t there. “The camera doesn’t lie”, they used to say. No, but it misses out an awful lot. I shall have to search out some taxidermy at the local museum. Drawn into my little A6 spotty sketchbook with Derwent pencils in B and 3B.

10 Responses to “Badgered!”

  1. Anne January 27, 2014 at 10:28 #

    I saw a badger here in the garden last year and the thing I never realised about them is how low on the ground they move – and how awkwardly they move. I was reminded of a tank really. It looked so big and square (and a bit greasy!) huffy and you wouldn’t want to approach it. But then that little pointy humbug face looks round at you and its suddenly there’s Wind in the Willows!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 27, 2014 at 11:34 #

      How lovely! I’ve never seen a live one. They look very tank-like but their little faces are so gorgeous. You’re so lucky with wildlife where you live 🙂

  2. Sketchy on the Detail January 25, 2014 at 22:23 #

    They’re instantly recognisable, you’ve got them nail (though only metaphorically speaking).

    • Rosie Scribblah January 26, 2014 at 17:31 #

      Thank you – I need to stamp my own style on them now

  3. Julie January 25, 2014 at 21:45 #

    We have 2 lovely badgers in National Museum Cardiff if you’d like to call in x

    • Rosie Scribblah January 26, 2014 at 17:32 #

      oooh I might just do that. There’s a golden badger in Wrexham

  4. Alli Farkas January 25, 2014 at 03:16 #

    The people of Wisconsin (aka the Badger State) will love you.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 26, 2014 at 17:31 #

      Wow – I didn’t know there are badgers in the USA!

  5. kate wilson January 25, 2014 at 01:31 #

    Looks quite bear-like. I’m looking forward to how this creature develops!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 26, 2014 at 17:30 #

      They’re quite chunky, like little black and white stripey bears

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