During my recent safari to Botswana I was lucky enough to encounter a pack of Wild dogs or painted dogs(which seems to be the latest trendy name for these animals) which included many pups.one of the highlights of my trip was spending many hours watching a group of pups who had been left to wait quietly in the shade whilst the adults were out on a hunting trip.eventually as we watched the adults returned and after a frenzied greeting proceeded to regurgitate food for the pups.once the pups had been fed and much to my surprise the whole pack set off for an evening hunt and we followed them until darkness fell.for this little study I'm using a heavier weight watercolour paper whilst I wait for delivery of my usual paper which means the paper is also a little rougher and therefore requires more work with the harder grades of graphite to flatten out the texture a little.
South coast based Clive Meredith is an entirely self-taught artist and has been working professionally since 1993 specialising in detailed portrayals of wildlife from both Britain and abroad. Clive's initial interest in wildlife and the countryside was fostered in his early years, brought up the son of a dairy farmer, and spending hours outside in the Shropshire countryside birdwatching and larking about on the river Severn and its streams in his hometown of Shrewsbury. Working in both graphite pencil and oils,observation is vital to Clive's working practice.Each drawing or painting reveals meticulous attention to detail,achievable only by hours spent in the field observing and photographing subjects in their natural habitat.As a result Clive has become renowned for the stunning realism of his images and an incredibly assured ability to inject real life and character into his works. His art has been extensively published with over 50 limited edition releases to date and can be found in galleries throughout the uk and beyond. In 2010 Clive was named Wildlife Artist of the Year by Wildscape magazine after winning the prestigious annual competition with his image 'The Egret pool' and appeared as a finalist in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010,2012 and 2013 with works exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London. Clive is a member of the Pencil Art Society and the RSPB.