Work in Progress 

 

"Bovver Boys"

Three squabbling Lillian's lovebirds

This has been SOLD to a PRIVATE COLLECTOR

 

Third Lovebird arrives.

 

Finishing touches with a pencil eraser.

 

The two birds await the arrival  of a third lovebird.

 

 

Working on bird TWO.

 

A close up of the early colouring through the light magnifyer.

 

Early stages of colouring in bird ONE

 

"Grumpy Pants"

Two Ostritch heads and necks

This ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE for PURCHASE

 

 

 Framed in a Double Mount and Non Reflecting glass

 

Scanned

 

 Nearly finished.

 

Second Ostrich starting to take shape

 

Looking at the beak through the magnifying glass.

 

First Ostrich appearing now.

 

Chalking around the eye

 

 

"Eye to Eye"

A Zebra's eye

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Framed with a Double Mount and Non reflecting Glass

 

 Scanned Image

 

Ready for Scanning and then Framing.

 

Finished Sketch

 

Gradually chalking and charcoaling in the stripes.

(Is it a BLACK background with white stripes or a WHITE background with black stripe?)

 

 

My view of sketching the eye through the light magnifying glass

 

 

The start of chalking in the stripes

 

"Sawa Sawa"

A female warthog takes off into the bush, tail up and in full stride.

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Robin John Mountain)

This ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE for PURCHASE.

 

Framed with a double mount and non reflecting glass.

 

Scanned Image

 

Finished.

 

Starting to take shape with light and shade.

 

Early stages of the sketch

 

Early stages of the sketch.

 

 

"Bush Tanzanite"

Two Vulturine Guinea Fowls from Tzavo.

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Tim Nicklin)

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Framed with a double mount and non reflecting glass.

 

Scanned image..

 

Working on the second Guinea Fowl

 

First Guinea Fowl sketched

 

 

Touching up the neck ruff

 

"Poster Boy"

A very guilty looking young male lion cub

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Hugo Breed)

This ORIGINAL has been SOLD to a PRIVATE COLLECTOR

 

Framed sketch with a double mount and non reflecting glass.

 Scanned Image

 

Working on the final touches

 

 

 

"Mr Perfect"

A  beautiful male leopard

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy Tim Nicklin)

This ORIGINAL has been SOLD to a PRIVATE COLLECTOR 

Framed Sketch with a double mount and non reflecting glass.

 

 

Scanned image

 

 Taking a rest

 Working down the image using a rod to rest my arm and hand on.

 

"Old Ivory"

(Close up of an elephant's ivory and trunk)

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Kiara Rogers)

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Framed with a double mount and non reflecting glass.

 

 

Scanned image.

 

 

(Still working on the creases in the upper trunk)

 

 

 Using a piece of hardened chalk for the hi-lights.

 

(Still a few hours work to be done)

 

"Taking a Bow"

(A Zebra bows its head)

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Framed sketch with double mount and non reflecting glass.

 

Scanned image

 

 

The finished sketch - Signed and ready for scanning and then framing.

 

 Sketching the outline of the zebra's head

 

"Colobus Chale"

(A black and white Colobus monkey from Chale Island off the Kenyan coast)

This ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE for PURCHASE

 

"Colobus Chale"

 

 

 

 

"Feather Spotting"

(A lion cub spots a Guinea fowl feather)

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"The finished sketch,"

 

" Still working on the image with the back of neck to complete."

 

"The cub nearing completion with the outstretched neck below the chin finished ."

 

 

 "A close up of the eye showing the reflection of the feather"

 

"Ear worked on with right sided whiskers still to do"

"Early stages of sketching."

 

 

 

"Lofty"

 (A young male giraffe )

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The framing of "Lofty"

 

 

Sketch nearing completion

 

      

  

Slowly getting there with the third horn on his forehead. 

 

 Working on the head of a male giraffe 

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"Kiara's leopard"

 This ORIGINAL has been SOLD to a PRIVATE COLLECTOR

I have now completed a sketch of a beautiful Ravenscourt male leopard from the Sabi Sands area in

South Africa. I have used a stunning photograph which was taken by up and coming wildlife

photographer Kiara Rodgers who is based at  Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

 

The finished sketch - "Kiara's Leopard"

  

 

Framed Limited Edition Print.

 

   

 So far so good

 

Stage FIVE - Left side of image still needs a lot of finer work to be

done, then I'll move to the right side to work on the leopards left paw.

 

    

Stage FOUR - Working down the left side of the body, from the chin down to the leopaards right paw.

 

   

Stage THREE - Starting the sketch from top left to bottom right.

 

 

 

A close up through my magnifyin glass of some of the markers for me to use.

This is the most laborious part of the sketch to do because the rest is such fun 

watching it come to life as I sketch it with Chalk, Charcoal and Ochre pigment.

 
 
 

Stage TWO - The markers are now in place to sketch the Ravenscourt leopard.

 

 

 

 

 Stage ONE - Marking and sizing the Image

 

 

"Title Competition"

"A Brush with Gorillas"

Over a week, I sketched an image of a female mountain gorilla and her youngster

from a photograph taken by up and coming photographer Oliver Nicklin. Your job

was  to give it a name and the person with the winning title for the finished sketch

received  a signed limited edition print.

 

The competition ended on 24th December 2016 with the winning entry being

announced on 25th December 2016.

 

 

The WINNER was Oonagh Puglisi and the title for the image will be:

 

"NDAGUKUNDA"

(which is means I love you in Kinyarwanda)

 

 

The FINISHED Image

 

 

 

ORIGINAL framed, mounted and AVAILABLE

 

Ready for signing and spraying fixative

 

The Gorilla image nearing completion

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"Roll Play"

This ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE

 

 

Roll Play

 

A lilac breasted Roller

  

 

"The Bovver boy"

This small ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE 

 

 "Bovver boy"

 

On the Drawing board ready for embossing

 

The ORIGINAL of this "Pels Fishing Owl" has been

commissioned by a PRIVATE COLLECTOR.

 

"Night Fishing" 

 

 

 
 

Sketching the Pels Fishing owl using a Magnifying light.

 

 

The ORIGINAL of this "Painted Reed Frog"  has been

commissioned by a PRIVATE COLLECTOR

 

"The Mokoro's Companion"

 

Chalking in the finer details.

 

 

 

 

 

"The lions call"

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"The lion song" now finished and framed 

  

"The lion song" final touches before signing and cropping.

 

 

"The passing scarab"

This ORIGINAL is  AVAILABLE 

"The passing scarab" now finished and framed

 

" The passing Scarab" on the board signed and cropped ready for framing.

 

 

 

 

 

"Black on Black" 

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"Black on Black" finished and now framed

 

 

 "Black on Black" on the board, signed and cropped

 

 

"The Sentinel"

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"The Sentinel" finished and now framed

 

Doing the finishing touches 

 

 

 

 

"Keep up"

This ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE

" Keep up" finished and now framed

 

 

On the board 

 

 

 

"En Garde"

 

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"En Garde" finished and now framed

 
 
 
 

 Image at the early stages of sketching

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Chief of the San

"ZHU TWA SI"

This ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE

"Zhu twa si"

 

 

" Working on the finishing touches."

 
 

 

 

 

A Hyena watches intently

"THE GIGGLING ASSASSIN" 

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"The Giggling Assassin"

 

 

Just doing the finishing touches of the image.

 
 
 
 

 

An old Buffalo bull

"THE DAGGA BOY"

 

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"TheDagga Boy"

 

Working on the Dagga Boy

 
 
 
 
 
"A cheetah watching a Dragonfly"

"THE DRAGON\'S TAIL"

 

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"The Dragon's Tail" 

 

"The finished sketch"

 

Work in Progress - A cheetah watches me sketch a dragonfly using chalk.

 

 

 

Finished work - Cheetah and cub

 

This ORIGINAL is 

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"Spotted Amber"

 

"Spotted Amber" nearing completion

 

"Spotted Amber"  work in progress using a fine eraser on the end of my brush.

 

 

 

Finished work  - Hyena

 

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"Scent of Carrion"

 

 

"Scent of Carrion on the drawing board"

 
 
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" The start of the outline using a magnifying light"

 

 

 

Finished work - Gorilla

 

 

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"Pause for thought"

 

 "Pause for thought on the drawing board"

"A gorilla deep in thought."

 

 

 

Finished Work  - Gorilla

 

 

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"Sweet Chariot"

 

 

"Sweet Chariot on the drawing board"

"A young gorilla stretches out from a vine."

 

 

Finished Work  - Gorilla

 

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"Fly By"

 

"Fly By on the drawing board"

Gorilla watching an African bee fly past

 

 

Finished Work - Hippo

 

 

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" The Wallow"

 

 

Finished Work - Giraffe

 

 

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"Whistling Acacia"

 

"The sketching of "Whistling Acacia"

 

 

 

Finished Work- Warthog

 

 

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"Warts and All"

 

 

Simon sketching the image using a magnifying light and piece of CHALK.

 

 

 "Warts and All"

 

Finished Work - Young Baboon

 

 ORIGINAL 

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"

Son of Mzee"

 

 

 

 "Son of Mzee on the drawing board"

 

 

 Simon sketching the image using a magnifying light and piece of CHALK.

 

      

Finished Work - A Leopard Stalking

 

ORIGINAL

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"Whiskers"

"Whiskers on the drawing board"

 

Finished Work - Wild Dog eyeing up a Tsete fly

 

ORIGINAL

This ORIGINAL was COMMISSIONED by a PRIVATE COLLECTOR

"In pursuit of Tsetse"

 

" In pursuit of Tsetse on the drawing board."