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Raccoon (in celebration of 100 fans on facebook!)

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My 100th facebook-fan Dominik suggested I draw a raccoon next, so I did :)
After a quick sketch of a raccoon face for practice, I did this drawing, which is a bit bigger than A4. I used 4B, 2B, HB and 2H pencils.
It took me about 2 to 3 hours maybe? It's been a while that I drew without a break :)

Here's the reference photo that I used, taken by Maya-Anaïs Yataghène.


P.S.: I'm open for commissions, just send me a message and we can talk about it :)
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A beautiful drawing - brisk, expressive, and precise. I really like how you've rendered the anatomy so efficiently, including the fur which cleverly reveals the form/perspective... and yet the first thing that 'Wow's the viewer is the little fellow's intense gaze! I think that is an achievement indeed, when the subject becomes something more than a skillful drawing.
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Thanks so much, Roy! :)
I always put the most effort in the face and especially the eyes, since that's naturally the first area someone looks at in a living creature. Since I drew a lot of Manga when I was a teenager, I still have difficulties with real proportions in the face, maing the eyes bigger than they were in the reference photo. But that's luckily not such a bad thing since it's part of the famous baby schema (Kindchenschema in German) that makes us feel affection to the subject :D And secretly, I'm trying to make people fall in love with the animal or person (or plant, for that matter) that I drew, haha :D
I'm only half joking here, because in my endangered species series I'm actually hoping to make people feel affection for the species that I draw, since without affection, we won't put any effort in preserving them. I'm going to upload some beautiful flowers later, that are critically endangered or even extinct in the wild, so I hope you'll stop by and tell me what you think about those, too :)