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British Wildlife Sketches

Sketching animals from life can be an enjoyable and worthwhile means to understanding the subject in preparation of undertaking more detailed wildlife paintings.

British Wildlife Sketches of Local Wildlife

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British Wildlife Sketch : Fox Sketch

Developing a daily or regular sketching habit has encouraged a focus on the process of sketching rather than the product.

Several foxes live in the garden and visit regularly; the little fox in these sketches spent most of her Summer days up near the house, which provided the opportunity to study her habits, get to know her and sketch her frequently.

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British Wildlife Sketch : Fox Sketch

Often wildlife sketches are carried out within a very short time-limit. A quick sketch, to capture a moment before an animal moves or a bird flies away, often works well with other creative processes and can help develop further ideas.

Alternatively, sometimes it is difficult to resist turning a sketch into a drawing, as in the case of this Robin drawn in graphite pencil.

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British Birds : Drawing of a Robin Redbreast

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British Wildlife Sketch : Fox Sketch

I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever." 
 (Beatrix Potter)

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