The lower part of the trunk was 'drawing blind' as most of this is in darker shadow - which I wanted to keep but still added a little more visible detail. The trunk of an elephant will always appear wider from the front view of the face than the side as it is almost a 'flat' tube shape. I thought the wide surface of the ear would be pretty simple but ended up being the hardest part as you're not working from actual wrinkles and folds just very subtle bumps / dirt / veins / scratches. I will now work on the mothers leg which will have reeds / grass acting as negative space to blend the leg into the paper and to connect the babys head to make the composition pleasing to the eye.
- The African elephant has ears that average at least three time the size of the Asian elephant
- Ears are used as signaling organs in the African elephant
- Ears are used to regulate body temperature
- Ears are used as a protective feature in the African elephant to ward off potential threats.
- Each elephant's ear is unique and is used as a a type of fingerprint for identification