262mm x 210mm
10.3" x 8.26"
'If this chap looks familiar it's because I've drawn him before. I liked this pose so I drew him again, why not? With a face like this the temptation was too much to resist.
I think he has a quiet contentment about him, his expression is calm and composed as he clings to mums back. He's probably as happy as he will ever be and that's a good enough reason to capture the moment.'
'Heat and Dust'
280mm x 218mm
11.02" x 8.58"
'There is a private park near Nanyuki in northern Kenya called Ol Pejeta Conservancy where they combine wildlife conservation with a fully working ranch. All the big 5 are present including over 100 black rhinos and 20 relocated southern whites. It also has the sad distinction of being the home of 3 of the last 5 northern white rhinos left on the planet.
'Pride and Joy'
285mm x 202mm
( 11.22" x 7.95" )
'You don't see so many lioness pictures, they are almost always males. I came across this family in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and to be honest they were easy to find, there are lions everywhere it's hard to miss them. I saw my first when I was on a local bus on the way to the reserve, we had to slow down to let a lion cross the road!'
A Waiting Game
191mm x 321mm
( 7 1/2\" x 12 5/8\" )
If you have ever wanted to see cheetahs in the wild then I advise you to head for Masai Mara in Kenya. This is a young male I saw on my last visit but he was not alone. They are essentially solitary hunters but male siblings will team up and I was lucky enough to find three brothers together that day, a wonderful sight.
310mm x 235mm
(12 1/4" x 10 1/4")
Just when I thought I'd taken photo realism to the limit, I go one step further. This is detail gone mad and I went bonkers doing it. This is a youngster from Daphne Sheldricks' Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi. It was visitors time when the public are allowed to view the orphans playing around and having a bottle or two.. This cheeky one had learned to feed itself. Irrisistable.
Cat in the Cool
261mm x 376mm
(10 1/4" x 14 3/4")
This beautiful cat was born in the Snow Leopard Breeding Project in Darjeeling. I saw her in the neighbouring zoo where she was housed in a large enclosure well away from the public. I'm especially pleased with the quality of this reproduction, it is an amazing match and you could almost run your fingers through her fur.
220mm x 298mm
( 7.87" x 11.73" )
I thought I would have another bash at drawing a white tiger. This time I chose to draw her face-on as her attention is focused to the right of the viewer. In actual fact she was looking at the zoo keeper who had arrived with lunch. I always find out what time the animals are fed when I visit a zoo. Its the only time you can be sure to get those alert and interesting pictures you always hope for.
(164mm x 328mm)
(6" 1/2 x 12" 1/2)
This is one cub drawn twice and if they look familiar it's not surprising, its the same leopard I drew in 'Curious Cub'. This will make a fine companion piece and is drawn with the same manic attention to detail. It remains simple and clean in its composition and I'm sure this cub is a star in the making! I've got another planned.
EYE TO EYE
(193mm x 331mm)
(7" 3/5 x 13")
This is the face of a wild tigress and yes she really was peeking round a clump of bamboo. There is some artistic license in re-arranging the bamboo but it reflects the truth of seeing her only 20 feet (7m) away! If you want to see a wild tiger then head for Bandhavgarh National Park in India, you are almost guaranteed a close encounter!
325mm x 210mm
(12 3/4\" x 8 1/4\")
These elephants were in Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The park is full of wild elephants but these are the working jumbos that take tourists out to find the rhinos. The best way to get up close to the big game is on elephant back. My timing was awful as I arrived during an Indian holiday and all but one elephant was taken. I got the half sized one at the back. An elderly couple joined me and we shrugged thinking that with 20 or so jumbos ahead of us with all those noisy families making such a racket we would be lucky to see anything. We were wrong. We followed on behind and as we crossed a small ditch our mahout turned and pointed. There sitting patiently was a beautiful Bengal Tiger! She sat there watching us for about 30 seconds before she disappeared into the tall grass and we were the only ones who saw her.
(230mm x 235mm)
(9 1/16" x 9 1/4")
These monkeys are called Black Shanked Douc Langurs and are critically endangered. I saw them when I visited a breeding project run by Frankfurt Zoo in Coq Phuang National Park, Vietnam. They were breeding well and this mother and baby decided to sit and pose for me.
(193mm x 331mm)
(7" 3/5 x 13")
I don't suppose that many people have heard of a Marguay, this is a pity as they are simply stunning. I think it's fair to describe these cats as smaller versions of an ocelot. They have a similar distribution, they are native to Central and South America. This is a classic cat profile. Her gaze is focused on dinner and every muscle is tensed for an sudden strike.
357mm x 242mm
(14\" x 9 1/2\")
If you take a look at my original snap you can see how I\'ve played around with the image. First of all I cropped out the background and then reversed the photo. For some reason a picture tends to feel more pleasing if it flows from left to right.
Initially I attempted to draw all three zebras thinking that if I nudged the one at the rear backwards just a little I would have the perfect composition.
Good idea, pity it didn\'t work.
On my second attempt I drew just the front two but it was the small touches that made the difference, like being loose with the background, adding the dust and flicking up the tail.
264mm x 330mm
(10.4\" x 13\")
All in all pandas don´t seem to need much for a happy life. A good supply of bamboo and plenty of sleep seems to be enough. They feed by stripping the bamboo stems with one paw, then roll the leaves and chew them from one side. They eat upright or as with this fellow on their backs. I am told this is to aid their digestion.
220mm x 297mm
8.66 inches x 11.69 inches
'When you are in Lion country it certainly lends an edge to your safari. And there is no better place in the world to see them than in the Ngorongoro Crator in Tanzania. It has the highest concentration of large predators on Earth.This guy was not really alone, he was with his brother. They were both fit and healthy and showed none of the battle scars of older males. They were young pretenders to the throne and for the time being they were biding their time. The keen eyed amongst you might have noticed that the setting is unlike the crator. This is because I added the acacia trees later on as an after-thought.'
LOOKING FOR LUNCH
(161mm x 196mm)
(6 5/16" x 7 11/16")
I needed a squirrels eye view to get this composition. There I was in the park, on my belly with a packet of broken biscuits bribing my models to come ever closer. I was a little self conscious with the locals looking on in high amusement but dignity can't get in the way of art.
(314mm x 178mm)
(12 3/8" x 7")
On a visit to a temple near the desert town of Bikaner in Rajastan I noticed these guys warming themselves in the morning sun. They looked to be well fed as temple dogs should and posed rather elegantly I think. It is difficult when dealing with a subject such as this not to tip over the dividing line into sentimentality. Hopefully I’ve succeeded in capturing the charm and not the goo! I am personally very pleased with the results.