New Year, New Art
With the arrival of 2018, also comes a year ahead filled with the potential of all the new art yet to be created, which is for me a very exciting prospect.
First up, here is First Forage, a drawing that I had been working on incrementally as time allowed last year. The majority of it was drawn at Fowey Art Trail, so you may have seen it in progress if you visited my exhibition there back in May.
I had wanted to draw an elephant for a long time. Like with any portrait subject, these creatures held lots of little surprises for me. It is amazing how much we actually don't see in every day life, and when you study something to create an image of it, you discover shapes and details that were otherwise hidden in plain sight. I have learned how surprisingly hairy a baby elephant is, that they have far more wrinkles in their leathery skin than I ever anticipated, and that as fun as it was to draw, I won't be hurrying to draw another elephant till I forget just how challenging at times this one was!
The subjects are adorable though and worth every stroke with the pencil. Drawn in graphite on grey toned Stonehenge paper, a few final touches were added with white pastel to create the highlights.
A limited edition of giclée prints will be created of First Forage, and pre-orders are now being taken. And this image will be featured as a new addition to my greetings card range in due course.