This is drawn using a historic photograph of Jamuna Auckland Zoo's first Asian elephant. I love elephants they're so amazing. Jamuna spent her life giving rides to visitors at the zoo from 1923 up until around 1954 - when unfortunately she accidently killed her keeper. She died in 1965 after over forty years at the zoo.
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.