Thursday, December 1, 2011
I had a bit of fun doing this lovely Zebra. There are Grant's Zebra (Equus quagga boehmi) at Auckland Zoo that are part of an ongoing SSP programme. I'd love to help preserve them as well. But here in New Zealand the regulations on the keeping of any wildlife are very strict and so it should be. I'm just happy to look at them. You can tell they're one of my favourite animals and they always look good in black and white ink drawings. If you're drawing wildlife always take time out to learn something about your chosen subject.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I met this lovely Clydesdale gelding at Paparoa Show earlier this year. He was waiting to rides to children in a beautifully restored wagon. I really enjoy the summer time there's always something happening around the area where I live at that time of year. I hope you like him.
Monday, September 5, 2011
I took this off a beautiful photo done by New Zealand Photographer Helen Robertson of my favourite cheetah Kenya. I started this some weeks ago, but with things in my life getting in the way I wasn't able to spend the time I wanted to finish it. Kenya resides at Zion Wildlife Gardens in Kamo Whangarei. There's a sadder side now to all of this. Several weeks ago the park was placed into receivership and one part of the park now placed into liquidation. Some who read this may be aware of the TV series the Lion Man. It showed a man playing with big cats and seemingly all was well and happy. Sadly it is not all well and and happy. Some years back the park was in financial trouble. Around 2006 the Lion Man's Mum bailed him out and it was hoped they could work together. Sadly it didn't work out. They parted ways and things have the been the subject of court battles and controversy ever since. The Lion Man's Mum was left with the debts to pay and now she faces, just like the beautiful big cats in her and her team's care a very uncertain future. It's heartbreaking to see. It's too long a story to write about on this blog post. It's a sad legacy of which I've witnessed first hand. I've had the privilege of having 36 big cats as part of my life and that of my families'. Now that could all end forever. In my mind the legacy I don't want to see are a few digital images and old videos of what once was.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
I did the intial sketch then a .01 graphics pen to put in the details using a variety of different techniques to build up the textures - I really enjoyed this one. This is the very first time I've ever drawn an elephant using this medium. She turned out really well.
Meantime I'm working on the other two drawings and will post up their progressions soon.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Musango Bull was killed last year by a trophy hunter. A sad ending to a magnificent tusker such as he was. I've used 4H, 2H, H and HB so far on this drawing.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I'm slowly graduating the grades of pencil and adding in the finer detail as I go. There's no hurry to do this. Hopefully she will turn out okay. It's been a while since I've done something as large as this drawing is. I've really enjoyed doing this one!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I love horses. I have a 30 year old 1st cross quarter horse here with me on the farm. This beautiful mare was half sleeping in the sunshine at a local show while she was waiting for her class to start. I could resist grabbing a photo of her. She sure was indeed an elegant lady.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This is only the third tiger I have ever done and he was a challenge! Tygo is at last finished. I still have concerns about the foreshortening but this is for a logo. I like to be as accurate as possible with anything I do - but no-one is ever perfect if we were we would never learn. Thanks goes to Karen who supplied the reference image and also to Zion Wildlife Gardens for their kindness and generosity in allowing me to have access to photograph their beautiful big cats at the park.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
I've progressed further now with Tygo. I'm having to be very very careful around his whiskers and muzzle area. One slip of the fine pen and it will be ruined if I rush any of it. I've been thoroughly enjoying doing this piece for the Toyz for Zion Cats group. It's a great cause and I can't wait to see the big cats at Zion Wildlife Gardens enjoy their new toys they will be given by such caring and wonderful people as this group are.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Tygo is one of my favourite tigers. He's a white tiger at Zion Wildlife Gardens near where I live. Tygo has a favourite ball and loves to play with it whenever he can. I've done this drawing for a logo to be used for a UK Charity named Toyz 4 Zion Cats. This group are a wonderful gathering of caring people who are working on enrichment solutions and ideas for the big cats that live at the park. They're only in their infancy at this stage but already they're purchased a ball which will soon arrive here in New Zealand as a gift for the big cats. Can't wait to see the fun begin. These are the stages so far for Tygo - sorry about the image quality it's far too big to scan so I've had to make do with my not so good camera!