Nice work! That was one of the things we were taught to do in an art class I took many moons ago..I have drawings of toothbrushes and pencils and you name it. I hated that class. It does improve your skills though and I highly recommend it. I like your second one the best. You haven't done any outlining and made them more realistic.
Thanks for the encouragement, it does help.
I like to draw just about anything I see as time allows. Yesterday at work was so slow I drew lots of toys, stuffed animals, potted plants, etc, all on paper towels with a pen. Where there's a will there's a way!
The first elephants were only a rough sketch.
On the second elephants I did try to use tones instead of lines just to prove to myself I could.
That is one thing I need to keep working on, I get so caught up in getting the details that I end up forgetting not to outline them.
Practice, practice, practice!