Jessica Crabtree

Tag: drawing

“Snow Leopard”

by on Sep.22, 2012, under Gallery, JOURNAL: Nature, art, cultural perspectives

Snow Leopard Charcoal Drawing
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Finished! 8×10 charcoal (See details on my Gallery.) Thanks to William Warby for the Creative Commons photograph. Click the tags below to see it step-by-step.

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Sneak Peek: In Progress

by on Sep.17, 2012, under Work in Progress

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Better than halfway done…

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Sneak Peek: In Progress

by on Sep.16, 2012, under Work in Progress

snow leopard sketch 2
Snow leopard, stage two. Click photo for larger view.

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Sneak Peek: In Progress

by on Sep.12, 2012, under Work in Progress

snow leopard sketch in progress
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The start of my latest sketch (which will be a portrait of a snow leopard). I’m using 2, 4, and 6B charcoal pencils on 80lb Strathmore “Windpower” paper, 9.5×12 (this size is great for 8×10 sketches because you get two wide margins for handling & pencil tests).

If you view the photo up close, you can see what’s left of my reference grid, which I’ll erase as I go along. I nearly always finish the upper left first and move outward, since I’m right-handed.

More to come soon!

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by on Sep.11, 2012, under Gallery

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Aoife (pronounced “EE-fa”) is an Irish name meaning “delightful.” This portrait is done 2H/2B & 4B graphite on Strathmore paper.

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by on May.22, 2012, under Gallery, Ireland 2012


Clint, or “Aces High” is a champion jumper owned by Gearoid Mulligan of County Longford, Ireland.

aces high

The horse portrait is done in soft graphite, the background is charcoal, on 80lb Strathmore paper. This is the original photo – I had the pleasure of meeting Clint and watching him in action during my recent stay in Ireland. When I took this shot of him, he was on his way to star in a St. Patrick’s Day parade. He’s a handsome, regal-looking fellow, but don’t let his appearance fool you; he was a complete ham!

clint - aces high

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by on May.01, 2012, under Gallery

qahatika girl sketch
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The latest sketch in my Gallery. Based on a 1907 photograph of a Qahatika girl (a branch of the Pima people). Graphite, 8×10.

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Art Quotes

by on Apr.30, 2012, under Artist Tip Bag

“Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good.” (Cennino Cennini)

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About Me

I am a freelance artist living in Arkansas, US, specializing in historical portraits of American Indians. I blog about the portrayal and influence of Native Americans in art, history, and the media.

I am fascinated by history and world cultures, ancient and modern, and particularly indigenous peoples. My other interests include wildlife ecology, environmental issues & sustainability, journalism, photography, web design & development. I enjoy music and reading (see my book list here).

You can see some of my pastel work, and my drawings in charcoal and graphite, by visiting my online Gallery.