Another African Giant

by Jonathan Clarke
(U.K Yorkshire)

Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow me to share with you my second attempt at an Afican Elephant finished in Pastel. It has been worked using soft pastels and my finger. I do not know if it is an improvement on my last posting, but I have tried to be more accurate with the proportions of the animal and create more detail in the surrounding landscape.


I truly adore these creatures and hate doing them an injustice in my efforts. Thank you for looking.

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by: Angeline, the Netherlands

Hi Jonathan,

This really looks like an elephant.
He is thicker now, and that's good.

Try to draw the green grass till the elephant's body. Now there is a white area between the elephant and the grass. But anyhow, you see, exercise and you will make better drawings.

Well done!

Angeline
www.angeline-rijkeboer.exto.nl


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Nice one !
by: Pop

Hi Jonathan,

Would love to see this lovely painting in close-up.

I too think the background mountain competes with the subject Elephant and would like to see, maybe a complmentary colour ( orange/brown tones in the middle ground.

Pop


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Another African Giant
by: Mops

Great job on the elephant Jonathan....no injustice to these great animals.Perhaps the mountain in the back could be faded out a bit to give your picture distance so that the eye remains on the elephant(focal point).
Hoping to see more like this.
Mops

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elephant
by: Dorothy, Cambs

Your elephant is great, but the mountain spoils the pic as it fights the elephant as a focal point being the same tone and colour

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Well Done
by: Dorothy , Carluke

Hi Jonathan,

I'm so pleased to see that you did not go and hide under rocks!

This is much better - see you can do it!. I work a lot in pastels and use a stump for the areas my fingers won't reach. A stump or a torchon is a tightly rolled pencil shaped tool but made of paper and pointed at the ends. Your art store will have then. Another new thing on the market is a colour shaper these are like a brush but have a silicon tip and are also good for small detailed work like the eyes.

You have put more detail in the elephants trunk and ears which is good.

Again well done.

Dorothy

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