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Day two of Africa week get’s the one of the continent’s most famous residents, thanks to my good friend Aurelie Wagner.
So today is all about the elephant in the room. Only two species of elephant exist, namely the African and Asian varieties, with the African member being the larger of the two. These two are the only living branch of the order ‘Proboscidea’, which once included such famous members as mastodons and mammoths. African Elephants are found scattered around the continent bellow the Sahara desert, and males are considered the largest living land animal on the planet (growing as tall at 13ft and weighing as much as 15,000 lbs). African elephants have seen a small curve of luck, as their status is now only listed as ‘vulnerable’, where as their Asian cousin unfortunately still holds at ‘endangered’
I’ve studied elephants before, but not under such time conditions, so I’ve been… reminded of their complexity. One of the biggest defining characteristics for an elephant is it’s skin, which seems both draped over the animal, and constrictingly tight in separate areas. The trouble with trying to tackle that artistically is that all the wonderful creases, cracks and wrinkles add a level of detail and complexity that can be a real pain. On the upswing though, I was pleased and intrigued to once again find a lot of subtle colors in these animals, and their environment can have extremes in lighting that adds further color to an animal that many characterize as just ‘grey’. Fun stuff.
Tomorrow is a new day, and with it a new African native to study. Hope to see you here again then.
Because Pitbulls need love too.
I want all of them
Sometimes I am angry panda…….angry panda is me….
Olan Rogers is my hero.
I’ve probably already reblogged this but here ya go again. This is one of my favorites.
missin somebody a lot but not wanting to seem clingy
I could have done more shading but I gave up hhhhuuurrrmmmm…
Mami was my favorite Magical Girl before finding out about Homura in episode 10!
I’ve never actually watched this anime, so I hope this is somewhat right. I might have gone overboard on the shading. Meh.