Species depicted: African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Time taken: ~4-6hours
References used: www.birdsasart-blog.com/baa/wp… interactive.wxxi.org/files/ima…
Tools of the trade: HB pencil and paperSadly I don't do much traditional art these days (except for the endless doodles at school) though birthdays offer a good opportunity to break that habit. This is a drawing I made some time ago for my mom, showing two wonderful species from Africa; the African elephant and the Cattle egret. Sometimes one herd of elephants may have double or triple their number in Cattle egrets walking alongside them, ever on the lookout for any insects that are startled out of cover. I always love the contrast these two species create; the small, fluttery and elegant egret, who is lucky to see his seventh year of life, and the enormous, eternally wise elephant who may live to be sixty.
The (somewhat silly) title is a joke on the fact that Elephants are referred to as cows, bulls and calves, just like the cattle the egret is originally named after.
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