Let me introduce you to a new series on the blog - Showcase Saturday. I've enjoyed drawing and painting for as long as I can remember and I thought it might be nice to share with you all some of the pieces I've done over the years.
My special interest in artwork is animals - it began with drawing horses but eventually I decided to branch out to other four-legged creatures. There's something incredibly therapeutic about sitting for hours with just a sheet of paper and a box of pencils or paints, adding a little here and there until you've built up something to be proud of.
I'm starting the series off with this watercolour picture of giraffes. I've often sketched cartoon-style giraffes, but this was the first time I really looked at their patterns and how the shapes and spacing actually worked. I never used to have much success with using watercolour to do anything intricate or detailed, mostly due to impatience! For this piece, I took the time to let the layers of paint properly dry before adding the next bits and this stopped everything from blurring into one.