i was walking by a mailbox today that was built into this huge thing that looked like a tiny house. on top of it was something i perceived as being a little fox statue. i thought that was a really cute and unique statue to have. when i came closer i realized it was supposed to be a puppy dog. this made me aware of not really knowing what makes a fox a fox, if you know what i mean...
the thing is, that unless i actually draw an animal at least once from a photo, i don't really know how it looks like. you can try it out yourself:
right now, take a pen or pencil and draw a sketch of a koala, a sloth, a manatee, a fox or whatever animal you've never drawn before, without first looking at any picture for reference. i just tried it out with my hubby. he did quite well i must say, but we had to laugh at his koala. it looked like a mutated bunny. when we looked at an actual photo we realized we both forgot what funny facial proportions they have!
so after mistaking a puppy for a fox i came home and looked at photos of foxes and made a few sketches. i enjoyed trying to develop my "own" fox drawing style, i'll continue with that another day.