My latest pencil drawing is now completed.This wonderfully battle-scarred old boy was encountered in Botswana whilst on safari in the Okavango Delta.He was a magnificent and huge Lion who had kept us all awake in our tents the previous evening roaring in the distance.
This is just a phoneshot of my Lion drawing so apologies for the picture quality.Ive worked up all the lighter areas of the cats face and next i'll be adding some contrast in the form of shadowing on the right hand side of his face.
I havnt drawn many male lions over the years as my references weren't too good as they were mostly of captive animals which tended to be a bit out of condition and carrying no battle scars.But after the trip to Botswana last year I now have an array of images of wild lions from which to construct a decent drawing or painting.
This particular mature male had made his presence known to myself and fellow campers during the night before our encounter as he was roaring loudly throughout the night.The next morning we started off at first light and came across this animal asleep next to a termite mound in an open area where he could see clearly for some distance.After a short while he awoke and looked at us with disdain before slowly rising and then making off into the distance.He was a magnificent animal and bore the scars of many a battle and I hope I can do him justice in this drawing.
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Ive just had a good spring clean through the studio and gathered together a new selection of my original works for a short while before they head off to various upcoming shows.The studio is open most days from 10-5 and by appointment.if you'd like to pay a visit then please do email me in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org just to make sure were open.
Ive started work on my first non-African subject for a while,this time its the rarest of the big cats an Amur Leopard.
Once again ive chosen to crop the image and leave a decent amount of negative space which I feel makes the image look a little more contemporary than a straightforward uncropped portrait might.
From 6th-10th May some of my latest artworks will be on display on my publishers stand at 75 Deer Park drive,Badminton Horse trials.
Collier and Dobson fine art represent some of the finest contemporary artists and sculptors and there will be a stunning selection of work on display for the duration of the event so if you're visiting the event make sure to take time to visit the stand and indulge in a real feast for the eyes and senses.
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.