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Drawing the Donkeys :)

So I am always with patterns in the back of my mind and there are not many donkeys around. I started drawing donkeys after studying them and suddenly I wanted a mother and kid. So I setup my first skets (look at those legs, they are horrid, somehow I always forget a leg when I have to draw more then 2)

This is just a composition sketch, but I thought the mom with her head over the little one was cute enough to keep.

The donkeys however looked more like mules so I started to put in more lines

My blurry lines became animals. But there was something wrong with moms shale. It was turned unnatural and I could not see (especially the legs) which one was which. I needed to clean this up as the pattern would be messy, so I turned mom :)

This looks better. As you see this drawing has so many unnecessary lines, I started to clean up. I put my raster for mosaic and interlocking over the drawing and started drawing like a pattern (first setups as you know now are always rough drawings).

The mom looks pretty cure already so I continued

Still those legs look like trees... but well, I hope I would manage... and I got a little annoyed that I cannot draw legs! So I drew a few sets of legs hoping that they would fit better then the trees I had now (read no dynamics)

I moved them around and kept working and adjusting them. At least mom looks reasonable now

Mom is done, some shading adjustments will always come but for now I was reasonable happy with her, I started to work on with the foal.

The bum was too high, so I went back sketching.

This looks better but still those legs worried me

I will go back to the drawing board, tweaking them and give it a back and foreground :) maybe hiding the hoofs as I need more pixels to make them look real (sometimes pattern drawing make you creative as you do not have an unlimited amount of pixels, read stitches).

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Love this pattern and all you went through. I am working on it now.


Dank je wel dat je ons meeneemt in het ontwerp proces! Het laat zien hoeveel tijd het ontwerpen kost en waarom een patroon een bepaald bedrag mag kosten! Ik heb veel ontwerp ideeën in mijn hoofd, maar kan absoluut niet tekenen. Ik laat het dus maar aan professionals zoals jij over ;-)


I think the mom’s back legs need to be a bit wider at the top.

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