Monday, 14 March 2011

elephant progress - face complete

I have now finished the main part of the elephants face, I found it quite challenging as in all my works I strive to include as much information as possible, I love detail and to truly appreciate the unique existence of these animals I must consider every hair / wrinkle / fold - although I do admire those artists that can step back and capture a personality with a single stroke or leave the eye to the imagination on a looser reduced style. Once the ear and large trunk is completed I will upload another update photo, before doing the adults leg, I can't wait to start the baby now! It has taken time but I know it'll be worth it at the end.

I read a quote today-
'...nature is the single most important factor in life; however, it is also the most disregarded, misunderstood, and taken for granted...'

When we are children we grow up with these images of animals at their basic form and shapes, I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to capture these magnificent animals on paper and believe I cannot really appreciate their uniqueness until it has flowed through me and my artwork. They are disregarded at times, they are misunderstood, and we are all guilty of taking them for granted. Hopefully there are enough of us out there that will not let these incredible creatures fall, their existence enriches all of our lives. Please do visit those websites that raise money to protect animals in the wild.

face detail complete

11 comments:

hmuxo said...

You're absolutely right! What an amazing creature this is...and you captured him so well. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished painting. Beautifully done.

Bev said...

Your Elephant is really good. Looking forward to seeing him finished. I like your Rhinos too.

juliaruffleswildlife said...

thankyou so much for your encouraging words and kind comments Hilda/Bev :) Jules

Jennifer Tetlow said...

And thankyou for yours Julia - I am amazed by your work and really looking forward to regularly reading about your practice. (Would be lovely to see you on one of my stone carving courses if you have the time. I know you would be a star carver!)

Marjolein Kruijt said...

Hi Julia,
thanks for your message on my blog. I couldn't find a contact button on your blog, sorry to put it here. I love your tiger in watercolour. I see you are very patient, wonderfull how many details you capture. You might also like the work of my fiancé: Renso Tamse www.rensotamse.com He works also in watercolour. Keep up the good work!

L Young said...

Hi Julia, Your work is superb; your attention to detail is great and colors so realistic. Thank you for coming to my blog and following me. Keep up the great art. Sincerely, Linda
http://www.lindayoungwatercolors.blogspot.com
http://www.lindayoungwatercolors.com

juliaruffleswildlife said...

thankyou Marjolein/Linda :) I appreciate you taking time to look at my new blog! Jules

Lesley Crawford, Gaia Art said...

Hi Jules, I love your detailed drawings, elephants and rhinos are such fun to draw. Look forward to following your progress.

Best wishes
Lesley

Andrew said...

Hello thanks for following my blog this elephant looks great.

juliaruffleswildlife said...

Thankyou Lesley/Andrew, I adore rhinos and elephants - their textures lend perfectly to pencilwork, Jules

Jennie Norris said...

Beautiful work on this one! I feel your pain, if you look back though my blog I have an elephant posted as well. Lot of work but worth every wrinkle and fold. I can't wait to see the finished piece.

I am excited to see your web site to see more of your work!! I am completely in love with the watercolor tiger in your blog heading. I work in watercolor as well, just not as often as pencil!!

Glad you found me, and can't wait to see more of your work!!

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