Complex Forms with Scales

I’m learning that describing complex forms that are smooth is much easier than trying to describe complex forms with scales.

The texture on the tyrannosaurus is not exactly like scales though. It’s kinda like a cross between scales and the texture of an elephant or a rhino. The hard part is describing the forms without obliterating the texture.

So far I’ve done it well for the head but the body needs a lot of work. I think the key is to force myself to go slower and work on each section keeping the values as close as I can while infusing it with texture. It may be similar to a pointillist painting where all the dots of color meld together and make another color. In this instance though closely packed lines make a darker value.

Jurassic Park Drawing

Previous Tyrannosaurs Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite. No draw a box exercises for a long while.


Long Drapery Study

This is basically the same as the short drapery study in The Natural Way to Draw except that I’m going to take my time rendering the top, sides and undercuts of each fold.

Long Drapery Study

Daily Composition and Sketch

I cleaned up our studio/office and drew a sketch of my supply book shelf.

The composition is of Pattie working at her desk in the living room.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I’m moving through the day with a calm and collected attitude completing what I can and accepting what I can’t.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Take my time on describing complex forms with scales with this dinosaur.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

I may look at this video by Alphonso Dunn and see if I can learn something more about texture.

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