another days work on my elephant drawing and the lead elephant is much more complete.loads of graphite layering has gone on to create the shadowed areas with a little more to complete on the front legs before I can make a start on the detail on its head and trunk.
My Elephant drawing is progressing nicely in the studio with a start now being made on the fourth Elephant of the group.The lead elephant of the group acknowledged my presence with a quick flap of its ears and a swish of its trunk as they walked towards me and crossed directly in front of my vehicle on there way to the Chobe river to drink and i hope to show this acknowledgement in the final drawing.
The first two elephants are now complete and I will make a start on the two closer animals after the weekends break.the nearer animals will be more tightly worked helping to give the impression of depth to the piece.still havnt made the decision as to whether to include background but I'm leaning towards keeping the image clean and possibly more striking without a background.
This snapshot was taken this morning of my latest pencil drawing.This is a portrayal of an encounter I had with a small herd of elephants in Chobe,Botswana.I have drawn the outlines of four animals from the herd but have yet to decide how much,if any,of the dry background to put into the drawing.i will let it progress a bit further before making the decision,but either way I can see me spending some time over this piece,which,like the tiger drawing,is quite a large drawing.As the piece progresses and the narrative unfolds I will talk further about this thrilling encounter.
The Tiger drawing is now completed and awaiting a title.The image measures 16.5" x 34" and is certainly one of my biggest drawings to date.the original drawing and limited edition prints will be available in due course,please keep an eye on my website www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com for further details.
My new tiger drawing is progressing well on the board and another full day's work in the studio should see it completed.Much layering of graphite to go on the remainder of the cat portraying the body stripes but the tough part is over now and its on the home straight.
Yesterday was a bit of a marathon session in the studio as I wanted to make sure I had completed the tigers head before I take a short weekend break away.Having completed all the facial markings I treated myself to completing the eyes of the animal.I love it when,finally,the eyes are put in place and at last all that hard work pays off and suddenly the animal is right there looking back at you! I often save the completion of the eyes in a drawing for later in the piece,particularly after many long-hours spent building up the basics of the image,as a kind of little artists treat,the 'icing on the cake' if you like.i hope you are all enjoying this drawing coming together,have a great weekend.
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.