Work in Progress 

 

"Sasekile"

(The beautiful one

"A beautiful young female leopard"

 

This image has been sketched using PASTELS on Pastel Matt Paper.

(Sketched from a Photograph courtesy of Cal Butler)

 

The ORIGINAL of this sketch is AVAILABLE for PURCHASE

  

 The completed image framed in a double mount.

 

 

 Starting the sketch with a pencil before marking up its size of 22 x 16.5 in (55.8 x 41.9 cm)

    

Gradually sponging in a Phthalo Blue Tint Pan Pastel for the sky which now outlines the leopard 

 

Just putting some high light reflections in the eye

     

The watery eyes and right ear are beginning to take shape.

       

Both ears and eyes have been sketched in and now filling in the spots of the leopard.

     

The distinctive markings have now been put on her and she is looking more like a leaopard

      

I've been working along her cheek and down her snout onto the nostrils,

     

As I add more depth in colour to her fur she becomes more three diamentional. 

 

 I'll be working down the cheek and then onto the muzzle.

     

 Gradually working in the fur around the ruff of the neck

      

She's beginning to come alive as I move onto the neck and shoulders 

 

 The scanned image.

 

"Just a Glimpse"

"A beautiful male leopard (Sephiri) having a quick glimpse from behind a tree.

This image has been sketched using PASTELS on Pastel Matt Paper.

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Dustin van Helsdingen)

 

The ORIGINAL of this sketch has been SOLD to a PRIVATE COLLECTOR

 

The completed image double mounted and framed.

 

 Starting the sketch off with a pencil, a BLANK sheet of pastel paper and my trusty magnifying light.

  

The gradual application of various shades of green pan pastel is used to create the dappling effect of the  background

 

With the help of Kate's colour swatch (left side) I've started to carefully work on the beautiful eyes of "Sephiri"

    

The ear is starting to take shape. I will then move across the face filling in the spots first and then work in the fur.

 

I'm now gradually filling in the very distinctive markings that every leopard has. Using my cross stick to rest my wrist.

   

Working from the ear down his cheek and then across his snout onto his chin and whiskers.

   

 Minor whiskers put in as I work on the cheek and muzzle.

  

Working on the right side of the leopards face then i will then do the nose.

  

Gradually working across the forehead and around the left eye..

  

The leopard is 90% complete. Just the tree to do now.

 

Sketching the finer details by the mouth. Where ever you stand in the room, those eyes will be looking at you

  

 The top branch is now complete, now I'm working on the gnarly wood on the tree..

 

Looking at the image from a lower perspective and he's still looking at you.

  

The scanned sketch

 

 

"Spotted Siesta"

"A beautiful female leopard (Thlangisa) relaxes in a tree"

This image has been sketched using PASTEL on White Pastel Paper

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Kiara Rogers)

This ORIGINAL is now AVAILABLE for PURCHASE

Framed with a double mount

 

 The outline markers have been penciled onto the paper. Kate's colour chart ready on the right!

  

   

    

    

    

   

   

Nearly finished, just a few more tweeks here and there..

 

 

Putting in the finishing touches

 

"Spotted Siesta"

 

 

"The Joust"

"Two Oryx (Gemsbok) lock horns in battle."

This image was sketched using CHALK and CHARCOAL on White Pastel Paper

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Mounted and framed

 

The process of sketching the battling Oryx bulls

    

    

          

Scanned and finished
 

 

"An Unfamiliar Scent"

"A bull elephant spreads its ears and raises his head as he senses danger.”

The image has been sketched using PASTELS on Black Pastel Paper

(This bull elephant made a mock charge at us to within 15-20 feet)

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Beautifully mounted and framed

 

 

The background sky and dust

     

 Starting from the left ear and then gradually moving across the head to the right ear.

     

   

 Gradually the elephant is starting to take shape..

 

 

That's it for the day,  trunk and legs to do tomorrow!!

The lovely posture of the elephant before he turned to face us...

   

Squaring up, then some foot stamping, followed by the mock charge. As you can see, Stretch Ferreira our guide has

raised his left hand whilst continuosly reassuring the bull elephant by gently talking to it.

 

"EliCal"

(A large Bull elephant slowly ambles towards you)

This image has been sketched using CHALK and CHARCOAL on Black Pastel Paper

(Sketched from a Photograph courtesy of Cal Butler)

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"EliCal"

(The framed ORIGINAL Chalk and Charcoal sketch)

 

The gradual process of sketching Cal's elephant.

 

     

      

      

     

       

 

Using a cross bar to steady my hand as I work on the finer detail. 

 

The finished sketch..

 

"Thirst Quencher"

(An elephant taking a long drink)

This image has been sketched using Pastels

(Sketched from a Photograph courtesy of Tim Nicklin)

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(The framed ORIGINAL pastel sketch)

 

 
Due to being colour blind,  I  have to rely on a colour swatch , courtesy of Kate who selects and numbers them for me, (See above image)

 

     

 

    

     

   

     

     

     

 

 The Final SCANNED image of "Thirst Quencher"

 

 

"Gentle Persuasion"

(A female girraffe gently encourages her new born to take it's first tentative step)

This image has been sketched using pastels

 (Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Stuart Buy)

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"Gentle Persuasion mounted and framed"

 

          

.... now working on the horns and ear then I'll move down the head.

 

     

 ....I'm slowing adding the young giraffe into the frame

 

  

......working on the ear and neck of  the young giraffe.

 

 The scanned finished sketch.

 

 

"Call to Arms"

(A wolf howling)

A sketch of a wolf using

Chalk and Charcoal on black pastel paper

 

This ORIGINAL has been SOLD to a PRIVATE COLLECTOR

 

The framed ORIGINAL sketch.

 

Starting to sketch

 

 The breath has been applied, the marking up is in place, so now the task ahead is for the wolf to gradually

come to life.

 

 

Working down the jaw line of the wolf.

 

Moving over to the  snout to balance the image.

 

 

 Ears nearly complete, now moving onto the scruff of the neck.

 

 

Gradually sketching in each strand of hair to creat a shaggy/scruffy neck.

 

 Having a quick selfie before I sign it and then have it scanned and framed.

 

 The scanned wolf..

 

 

"Khokovela's Feather"

A female leopard from Leopard Hills, Sabi Sands

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Stuart Buy)

This ORIGINAL image is now AVAILABLE for PURCHASE

 

Framed with a double mount and non reflective glass

 The scanned image

 Nearly finished, just a few tweeks here and there.

 Feather to position and image to soften.

Neck to do and whiskers.

 Touching up the lower part of her chin

  

 Looking through the magnifying glass

 

 Sketching the leopards' head

 

 Khokovela's head starting to take shape.

(She will be looking at a guinea fowl feather to her right)

 

"The Ravenscourt"

A male leopard from Leopard Hills, Sabi Sands.

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Stuart Buy)

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 Mounted and Framed ready for delivery.

 

 Scanned and now ready for framing.

 

  

 Close up through the light lense and nearly complete.

 

 

Using the magnifier light

 

   

  Sketching the tail and rear right leg

 

Starting on the hind quarters of the Ravenscourt leopard using OCHRE, CHALK and CHARCOAL for the rosettes

 

Early stages of marking up the image

 

 

"King of the Pond"

A bull hippo yawns its dominance within its territory.

(Sketched from a photograph courtesy of Kiara Rogers)

This ORIGINAL has been SOLD to a PRIVATE COLLECTOR 

 

 Framed with a double mount

 

 

 Scanned and ready for framing..

 

       

Using the magnifyer to do a bit of dental work and on the right adding some water bubbles.

 

 Beginning the sketch from the right of the hippo as this is the the more detailed part of the image.

 

 

 Looking at the massive jaw through the light magnifier.

 

" Amber Lightning"

A cheetah and her young cub lock onto some movement in the distance

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 Framed in a double mount

 

 

The scanned image

 

Marking the size..  Size 18" X 14.5"

 

 

Sketching the cub

 

 

The view of the cub through the light magnifier..

 

 

"Tree Tots"

A young mountain gorilla deap in thought.

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Tree Tots Framed and ready.

 

Image scanned ready for framing.

 

 

 Using the light Magnifier as I work on the eyes of the young gorilla

 

 

My view of the eys as I work on them

 

 

"Guhonda"

The leader of the Sabyinyo mountain gorilla group in Rwanda.

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Guhonda Framed and ready for delivery.

 

Scanned image ready for framing.

 

Sketching the ear before working on the fur

 

   

 Working on the tear duct and then gradually down the gorilla's nostril.

 

 

 

 "The Disappearance"

A male white rhino gradually disappears into the background.

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 The sketch now framed with a double mount,

 

The Scanned Image

 

 

 The finished sketch ready for scanning and then framing.

 

Working on the front horn of the rhino

 

"Bovver Boys"

Three squabbling Lillian's lovebirds

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Third Lillian’s Lovebird arrives.

 

Working on the finishing touches by softening the tail feathers 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

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 Framed in a Double Mount and Non Reflecting glass

 

Scanned and ready for framing.

 

 Nearly finished.

 

Looking at the beak through the magnifying glass.

 

 

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 now 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)

This ORIGINAL is now AVAILABLE for PURCHASE

 

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 now AVAILABLE for PURCHASE

 

 

 

Framed

 

"Colobus Chale"

 

 

 

 

"Feather Spotting"

(A lion cub spots a Guinea fowl feather)

This ORIGINAL has been SOLD to a PRIVATE COLLECTOR 

 

 

"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 

This ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE

 

 

 

"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 nowAVAILABLE for PURCHASE

 

 

Roll Play

 

A lilac breasted Roller

  

 

"The Bovver boy"

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 "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"

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"The passing scarab" now finished and framed

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

"Black on Black" 

This ORIGINAL is AVAILABLE 

"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"

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" 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"

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"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

 

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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"

 

 The Blood vessels showing in the nostrils

 

 

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"

 

 

 

Finished Work - Wild Dog eyeing up a Tsete fly

 

ORIGINAL

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"In pursuit of Tsetse"