If you haven't discovered Néstor Canavarro, you will now. A very talented illustrator from Buenos Aires who has sketched some pretty famous faces with such detail, you'd think they were real photographs. What I love most are his WIP (work in progress) shots that show you just how much detail and layering goes into his pieces.
In the midst of throwing shit at the wall, I took on a new project that stuck...
An elephant drawing done in pencil, ink, and pencil crayon which will help me raise funds for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Why elephants? Well, I seem to have a soft spot for them and their continued struggle against poachers and the destruction of their environment. From an aesthetic point of view, I love all of their rounds edges and grace, despite their size.
To get the basic rounded shapes, I used the bottom of pots, cups, and plates, erasing edges I wasn't going to use. From there I expanded, using curled shapes to suggest movement and patterns to express texture and personality.
The WIPs and final drawing are below.