Day 12 – A Drawing a Day – Sumatran Splash

Day 12, Sumatran Splash, tiger, graphite drawing by artist Michael Brugh

Day 12

“Sumatran Splash.”

The Sumatran tiger. One of my favorite subjects: Tigers. And, not just because it was my high school mascot. 🙂 These magnificent creatures embody grace and power.

They inhabit the Indonesian island of Sumatra (naturally). They are also endangered. The Sumatran is especially critical. Estimates from just three to four years ago put the number at between 400-650. Today, in 2016, their numbers are down to an estimate of 300.

The Sumatran is the smallest subspecies of tiger, rarely growing more than 2.5 meters in length (males). For me, the most striking feature about them is their large eyes. It gives them a domestic cat look, in a way.

My belief is that God put man in charge of caring for His creatures, not cruelly destroying them for filthy lucre. Several organizations are involved in saving these big cats. This National Geographic article, though disturbing, showcases the brave people who are fighting back against the poachers, and details some of the ways you can help.

Other info:

Big Cat Rescue

Save Sumatran Tigers

(Reference photo: Brian Mckay photographer.)

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Day 11 – A Drawing a Day – Rail Rider

Day 11, Rail Rider, C-and-O Steam 2-8-4 locomotive, J. E. Landrum photo reference, artist Michael Brugh

Day 11

“Rail Rider.”

C&O steam locomotive, 2-8-4 configuration.

(Reference photo: Railpictures.net, J. E. Landrum photographer.)

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Day 10 – A Drawing a Day – Blue Pitcher

Day 10, A Drawing a Day, Bluer Pitche, by artist Michael Brugh

Day 10

“Blue Pitcher.”

(Reference photo: WetCanvas)

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Day 9 – A Drawing a Day – Lonely Reflection

Day 9, "Lonely Reflection," graphite drawing by artist Michael Brugh

Day 9

“Lonely Reflection.”

(Reference photo: WetCanvas)

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Day 8 – A Drawing a Day – BowHead

day 8 - Bowhead the cat, sketch for a future painting, by artist Michael Brugh

Day 8

“BowHead.”

Rough sketch for a future painting of our beloved outside cat, Bowhead. She is just a memory now, but she was a very smart and cool cat!

Here is another look at her:

Bowhead-photo on back walk

Bowhead lounging.

When we first moved into the neighborhood, we soon discovered that “Bowhead” was a favorite of all the neighborhood kids. They had named her “Moon.” My wife, however, remarked that she looked as though she had a big gray bow on her head, so Bowhead she became.

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Day 7 – A Drawing a Day – Kitten on Keys

Day 7 - Kitten on Keys, graphite drawing by artist Michael Brugh

Day 7

“Kitten on Keys.”

(Image source: Page-a-Day calendar, 2010)

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Day 6 – A Drawing a Day – Comfy Boots

Day 6 - Comfy Boots, graphite, by artist Michael Brugh

Day 6

“Comfy Boots.”

(Source: Still Life Drawing. From Life. 🙂 )

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Day 5 – A Drawing a Day – Tea Time

Day5 - Tea Time, graphite drawing by Michael Brugh, artist

Day 5

“Tea Time.”

(Source: Still Life Drawing. From Life. 🙂 )

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Day 4 – A Drawing a Day – Black Cat, Greek Isle

Day 4 - Black cat, Greek Isle, 365 Project, Graphite, Michael Brugh artist

Day 4

“Black Cat, Greek Isle.”

(Photo reference Source: Jean-Louis Klein and Marie-Luce Hubert.)

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