Sheep Shearing

I regularly sketch outdoors with two other artists, one of whom is also a sheep farmer.She asked whether I’d be interested in drawing their sheep be sheared. Shearing is very well organised and over the two days I drew the shearing 700 sheep and 250 lambs were sheared. On day one I focused on the apprentice shearers as they were slightly slower than the experts who were shearing a sheep in just over a minute.Each shear follows a pattern of positions,the drawings are observations of these.Working so quickly is very freeing as there is no time for indecision, I used brush and ink or marker pen.Over a total of about 6 hours I made around 70 drawings.