ARTY DIPS

A collection of artwork I completed in 2007 while still in high school. Forced to choose Technical Drawings over Art as an "O" level subject, I continued to dip into artistic explorations in my own time. Most of my skills are self taught.

White Rhino (ink)

White Rhino (ink)

Rhinos are hunted for their horns which are believed in some cultures to have special medicinal properties but in fact grow from the skin and just consist of compressed strands of keratin (like fingernail fibres). Around 20 000 white rhinos are left in existence.

African Wild Dog (watercolours)

African Wild Dog (watercolours)

It only seemed appropriate to paint the African Painted Dog. Interestingly no two wild dogs are marked the same making it easy to identify individuals. An endangered species, there are only four remaining populations in Africa, approximately 6600 dogs in total.

White-Backed Vultures (mixed media)

White-Backed Vultures (mixed media)

Vultures scavenging carcasses helps reduce the spread of diseases like anthrax and botulism. But the loss of habitat and the poisoning of these birds, for various reasons, is unfortunately leading to their extinction.

Circling Spectres (mixed media)

Circling Spectres (mixed media)

The lions' bodies simmering in the desert heat, a contrast to the sharp quills of the porcupines. Ironically the possible addition of lions to the endangered species list might negatively affect their conservation which is often funded by the sport-hunting of older, non-dominant males.

Shower Time (mixed media)

Shower Time (mixed media)

The African elephant is an incredible thing to see up close!