Drink Your Milk

23 Mar

I’ve been in a sketching kind of mood lately, and decided to sketch a cow.  Jersey cows are so beautiful and feminine, and I really had fun with this one.  It took me about an hour to draw this, and I may go back and push the darks more, as it has a lighter, less realistic look now.  Even so, I don’t mind this as is either, so we’ll see.

As usual, this is Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens in a sketchpad.  It’s about 6×6 inches in size.

Thanks for looking. 🙂


Posted by on March 23, 2012 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink, Sketches


14 responses to “Drink Your Milk

  1. KatiesCameraBlog

    March 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Oh, I love cows! I love this one, Jenna. 🙂 She is just so beautiful, and she does look really feminine too, like you said.

    • Jenna

      March 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Thanks so much, Katie. Having grown up on a dairy farm, I’ve seen cattle at their best and their worst. All in all, I believe them to be beautiful creatures. I’m glad you like this. 🙂

  2. zorgor

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    And you say abstract art is hard! You are doing it! Just zoom in on any section where there is nothing recognizable at that zoom level — the jaw line or back of the neck for example. Instant abstract! Throw some paint at it and presto! You’re an abstract painter! 🙂

    Very nice cow too. 🙂

    • Jenna

      March 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      You make a great point, Zorgor. Someone once saw a close-up photo of one of my stippled drawings (my Texas Longhorn) and thought it looked like a winter landscape. I guess it does take on an abstract feel close up. 🙂 Thanks for the kind comments. 🙂

  3. Inspired and pretty

    March 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    So very beautiful ! I love cows and Jersey’s are the cutest cows ! When I go on a bike ride I always greet the cows by shouting at them : Allô les belles filles !! Hello beautiful girls !! Even if someone hear me and think I’m crazy, I don’t mind ! I love them and my favourite breeds are Jersey and Holsteen.
    I would love to see you draw, and see the drawing transforming and taking its shape.
    Do you give them a name when they’re finished ?

    • Jenna

      March 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Thank you so much, Jocelyne! Jerseys are gorgeous, aren’t they? Those cows you greet when bike riding probably love your shoutout. Our cattle always enjoy being talked to. We always had black and white holsteins. We always called them “Boss”. For example, when we need them to come, we call, “Come, Boss, Come Bossy”. We often named the cattle as kids, too. We had a Cruncher, a Sheepbuck, a Pluto, a Kevin, among many others. It was always fun. 🙂

      Well, I have been considering making a video of a drawing in progress. Perhaps I’ll do that and blog about it sometime. Thanks for your interest! 🙂

      Naming my artwork isn’t my strong suit. I do try, but it is rare when I can come up with a catchy name for them. 🙂 Thanks again! You’re very kind.

  4. Judy

    March 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Jenna…this babe is gorgeous! I love her expression! So sweet. And you captured the cow’s eyes so well. I’ve always thought of their eyes as almost human. So big and nearly emotional when you look at them. (kind of wet…like tears are forming)
    I just read the exchange between you and Jocelyne. I’d LOVE to see a video of you drawing. That would be fabulous!

    • Jenna

      March 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Thank you so much, Judy! Cattle do have very expressive eyes, though their ears really communicate, as well. The eyes, though, are so rich and warm. Oddly enough, I always thought of the blueberry flavored Tootsie Pop when I looked into a cow’s eyes. They’re usually deep blue with some hints of brown in the center. Quite striking. 🙂

      Thank you for the interest. I’ll try and get the video made and on here soon.

  5. Inspired and pretty

    March 28, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    That makes 2 of us… Will you ? Please ! Please ! 🙂

    • Jenna

      March 28, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      You are so kind, Jocelyne! Thank you for wanting to see my drawings in a video. I’ll try and get to it. 🙂 It means a lot, thank you again.

  6. janukke

    March 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Jen, this is wonderful! I love her gentle look! And the eye-lashes are perfect too. Wow. As everyone else I´d love to see videos of you while working on your drawings! Oh, I am very much looking forward to that! 🙂

    • Jenna

      March 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Thank you very much, Jana! Cows have very long, lovely eyelashes. New calves are so sweet because they have lashes so long and thick that their eyes are shadowed by them. Very pretty.

      Thanks! I’ll try and get a video going. The support means a lot! 🙂

  7. Jodi

    April 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Jen, she is beautiful! Did you know we recently bought a Jersey? Her name is Molly and she is delightful 🙂 I should take a few pictures of her for you to see. She is due to freshen in June and I am sure her calf will be darling.

    • Jenna

      April 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Hi Jodi. Thank you so much. I did not know that. Lucky you! In all the cattle we’ve had, we never had a pure bred Jersey. They are such graceful, beautiful creatures. I can tell just by the way you talk about her that Molly fits right in at your home. I would absolutely love to see photos of her (and any other critters you may have). I hope she gives you a wonderful little calf. I do miss very young calves sometimes. 🙂

      Thanks for the comment. It is very appreciated.


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