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Hammerhead

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


This is one of the strangest looking predators I have seen. Their unique shape makes them easily identified. Not quiet as fearsome as The Great White, but eats almost as much.

Again, this one was in that same how to book as The Great White picture I did, and I used the same materials.

A regular #2 school pencil, and just one blending stump. This one took me about an hour from start to finish.


***Note from Kerry:
Hey Michael, this is great and another beauty for all beginner artists to try and copy. I love your drawing style. Like you didn't know that!

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Big Horn Sheep

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I did this one as a 30 minute practice. I found a picture to draw and set a timer for 30 minutes....when the timer went off, I was done, and this is what I got after 30 minutes.

I only used one pencil and one shader, nothing else.


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Note from Kerry:

Hey Michael!
I love this exercise, it's one of my favorite things to do but I really have to find a timer that isn't so intrusive... it frightens the living daylights out of me when it goes off so I have to keep it under a cushion!

Anyway, back to your drawing, I find it amazing that you created this in such a short time with all the detail that you have included. Good work, mate!

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Black Widow

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I had started this one from a drawing tutorial from Brenda Hoddinott on drawspace.com about a week ago.

I just finished it this morning. I thought it came out pretty good.

I used two types of pencils, several sizes of blending stumps, and 2 types of eraser. This was built up in several layers from sketch to rendered product. All together this took several hours.

Oh, by the way...this one is going to my son Jared. He is a huge spider fan.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael,
I have stared at your drawing for ages because I appreciate the time and effort that went into it.

Just this morning I finished an hour long lesson with Darrel Tank (as recommended by Lynn) and it was about layering to get effect without using blending stumps. I figured he had the patience to do the video so the least I could do was give him my best effort.

You have to frame this! Gosh mate, you've done a splendid job, kudos to you and thanks for sharing it! Oh, and congratulations on seeing it out to the end, I know that's a big deal for you.

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Dinosaurs

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I saw these guys in a book my son had checked out from his school library. Funny how much stuff I get from kids books huh?...lol.

I have always been kind of fond of dinosaurs.

This is another one that I kept in raw format. I like sketches. Almost as much as I like actual portraits or full drawings. They are such a wonderful practice.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael,
Yeah, I like "raw format" as you call it. I don't know what it is but I am drawn to it like moths to a flame.

Whenever I read to my granddaughter, the illustrations are wonderful and I often feel like taking her books home to draw from them so I know what you mean. I'm content to wait until she is finished with them and then I'll have a field day drawing my heart out!

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Cats

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I am such an animal lover...and for the most part, they seem to return that.

My wife is always amazed at how animals just seem to be drawn to me. I guess it's because they feel no threat from me.

But, anywhoo....cats are without a doubt my fav animals. So I saw these three separate pics in one of my kids drawing books, and just felt the need to put them on paper.

This is kept "raw"...no shading or blending...almost in sketch form.


***Note from Kerry:
Michael, my most favorite thing to do is to peek into other sketchbooks. The cat top left is gorgeous and the whole page is great.

My Dad was an animal magnet too, it fascinated me and I loved watching him sit in the sun with content animals sprawled at his feet.

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Black-Shouldered Kite

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


My son Jared got a book on North American Birds from the library. It has some awesome pictures in it of many types of birds.... so me being who I am... decided to start a bird series.

This is my first one, the Black-Shouldered Kite (or a.k.a., The White Tailed Kite).

I used my usual 2B mechanical pencil for the main drawing, and a regular #2 school pencil and an HB mechanical pencil for the shading and darker areas.

I also used several sizes of blending stumps using a combination of blending stumps and pencil shading. Altogether this took me about 3 hours from start to completion.


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Note from Kerry:

Hey Michael!
You've done a super job detailing the eyes and beak. As soon as my eyes touched this drawing, I loved it. It's simply perfect.

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Chico

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


Well, here he is. I did this with my trusty Arrow Mechanical Pencil, with blending sticks, and I used Derwent Studio colored pencils in Grass Green, Golden Brown, Ivory Black, and Spectrum Blue. I used a Black Sharpie Ultra Fine Point to outline the letters.

Every part is freehand......I hope you enjoy it!!


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael,
Your drawing is unbelievable! You have done a magic job of putting Chico onto paper. I feel like I can pat him, you have really done him justice, thank you Michael.

I am sure Carol would love this. Has she been in contact with you via email?

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Octopus Drawing

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)

Octopus

Octopus

I got this attractive fellow from a book my middle son, Jared (11) was reading.

As you can see I think books are an excellent source of drawing subjects.

I did this with just a regular #2 school pencil, and a rolled up home-made tortillon. It took me about 40 minutes.


***Note from Kerry:
Yes, it's funny Michael, it doesn't matter what you do to an octopus drawing, you'll never make it attractive!

I love to draw from books as well. I also cut bits and pieces out of all types of magazines, anything that attracts me, to keep it until I have time to draw it. I keep them altogether in a box and it's great to refer to whenever I'm looking for something to draw. It's amazing how your mood dictates what you draw.

I'm sorry I've waffled a bit there. Back to your drawing, heh, sorry for the diversion. If anyone is wondering what happened to the 8th tentacle, it is behind him. (I've been criticized for that one before!)

Your drawing is good because I can almost feel his rubbery surface. (Not that I've ever touched an octopus!) xx

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Sammi

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


This was a sketch of a bird I used to have that sadly died...his name was Sammi, he was the coolest Cockatiel I have ever seen. He used to imitate my alarm clock, he used to call my mom's dog, and he could whistle the theme to the Andy Griffith Show...sorry for those over the pond that may not know that song.....

I had to do this quickly and add some of the details later...I told him several times to hold still...but as with most kids, he wouldn't listen.


***Note from Kerry:
Hey Michael!
I love this drawing of Sammi. He sounds like he was quite a character and I would have loved to have met him. I've heard of the Andy Griffith Show but I don't know the theme song. That doesn't matter though, I can tell he was smart!

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First Post-OP Drawing

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


Here is my first post-op drawing.
I have been working on this for awhile now, I can't work for very long periods of time with my right arm... so it has taken a long time.
It's a Great White, in case you couldn't tell... lol....
....I used a 2B mechanical pencil for the initial line drawing and Derwent and Gallery colored pencils with about 5 shades of blue.... a typewriter eraser, a kneaded eraser, on 120lb watercolor paper.
All together about 6 hours over a period of 2 weeks.......


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Note from Kerry:
Hey Michael,
Hmmm, should you even be trying to use your right arm? I'm gonna tell on you...

Now, as for the artwork, I see the surgeon did not remove any of your delicate skills. It is very good and I am going to ignore the comment telling us what it is in case we didn't know! It's a lovely drawing buddy, even though the subject doesn't always command the term "lovely" - the pretty blue makes it so. I really like the sun reflection on the water above, it's perfect.

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Great White

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


The most feared predator in the Ocean. An awesome display of a pure killing machine. Great Whites prowl the waters seeking whatever they can eat.

I did this one 6 years ago, I found it in a how to book for animals. I shaded it just a little to smooth out the pencil lines, other than that, I kept it in basic form.

I used a regular #2 school pencil on this one, and just one blending stump, as opposed to different sizes like I usually do. This drawing took me about 40 minutes or so to complete.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael,
I see you've taken Salil's suggestion and run with it! Good on you! That is fantastic information, you'll find it will be of enormous help to a lot of artists, thanks mate.

I really like your drawing, it looks like a good example to copy with nice fine lines and the clarity is great. Good job!

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