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Donkeys, Day 5

Behold! A serious draft!

As you will have noticed, I haven't been worried about composition and such since embarking on this challenge, but I have tried to turn in "clean"(-ish) versions of my ideas. Not so today. You are getting a drawing with ink smudges and blah bits and all. And that's ok. This is very much a draft stage, and I need to get that through my head so that I'm not spending so much time on these illustrations.

I think to do an ink drawing justice and give it a chance to convince me, I should have paid more attention to composition, but doing the sketch on this buff paper lets me see that I would definitely want more touches of color, more in line with yesterday's offering. I seem to be leaning toward mixed media for the moment...

5 Poitou Donkey
"Poitou Donkey," ink on colored paper

As a former dreadlocked chica and soon-to-be-Frenchie, I have to have a Poitou donkey in the mix! However, this is not the right medium to do him justice. I may try another version later.

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xjenavivex
Mar. 14th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
You know, I really like this one.
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hee. Thanks. :P
frigg
Mar. 14th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Very nifty!
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
Look! It's a sheepdog...NO! It's a donkey. :P
frigg
Mar. 16th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
lol... I was thinking more alpaca-donkey.
mnfaure
Mar. 18th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
LOL. I was going to go through a list of shaggy animals and then felt too lazy. :P
clarentine
Mar. 14th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
I love your cedar trees. Really nice texture there.
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
They were fun to draw. :)
asakiyume
Mar. 14th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
I love his shaggy curls! (And I like the simple fence, too.)
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
That is definitely one shaggy donkey. :P
mindseas
Mar. 14th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
This donkey does not fling himself toward the viewer as some of the others did. He is neither lonely nor mystical; he is self-satisfied and very down-to-earth. He has paused in his activities to watch you pass, but he does not invite your company--you know that, because though his head has turned toward you, his body remains aligned for the activity he will resume once you are gone.
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
He's one cool dude (must be the dreads). He'll stop for you. Maybe. If you don't mess with his cool. :P
asakiyume
Mar. 15th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
By exceptionally weird coincidence, look what another LJ friend of mine posted today (it's more Poitou donkeys). I'd never heard of them before your picture!
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
SO weird how that happens.

On a related note, while I was looking at Poitou donkeys, I realized, after only 20 some-odd years, that a photo of my mom on a giant donkey is really a GIANT Poitou donkey and not a ginormous stuffed donkey like I always thought when I was a kid
judo100
Mar. 15th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
I like the really furry donkey and the big ears. Picasso went through his "blue stage." You can call yours the "donkey stage".
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
LOL

I'm not tired of donkeys yet, but I am getting a bit antsy to work on the other characters. All in good time, I tell myself; all in good time.
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mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, but you can draw! Everyone can. I don't mean that to sound trite, but I think everyone is an artist (was as a child and can be again as an adult). It is only when the ha-ha mockery kicks in from (insecure) peers or adults that children lose their passion for drawing. The beauty of art is its ability to Encompass. It doesn't have to Exclude. People are the ones who do that.

(and sorry if I sound preachy. I mean to sound encouraging. It is just that I distinctly remember the day my sister's art died. It killed me then, and it kills me now, especially when I think of how other people have lost their childlike joy in art, too.)

And another "and": Thank you for the compliment. *hugs*
nipernaadiagain
Mar. 15th, 2013 08:41 am (UTC)
This is a) on seriously hairy donkey and b)such a nice drawing.

It also makes me want to draw again - may-be when I get back from Vietnam
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Are you sketching your travels? I've never been very successful at that.
coffeesvp
Mar. 15th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
Now I also want a Poitou donkey. Terrific.
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Aren't they fantastic? :D
khiemtran
Mar. 15th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
I like the way it's facial expression as it looks back out at the viewer.
mnfaure
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to have captured a face under all that corded hair. :P
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