You won’t find any bears, Not in the Congo anyway. but there are tracks through the forests in the Congo, Paths, well trodden though the trees. What forest dweller could be making these paths?.. Elephants. Yes that right. Forest dwelling elephants.
The Forest Elephants of the Congo are smaller than their African cousins, it is believed that they have evolved that way. I guess you’d want to be smaller if you had to walk through dense forest all day!
The African Forest Elephant population approached critical levels in the 1990s and early 2000s. This is because of poaching. As a result the African Forest Elephant is listed as vulnerable under the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
This is the first drawing I did, I wanted to have a simple kind if Art deco shape for the Elephant, and then to design the forest within it.
After I finished the drawing I put it to one side as i wasn’t sure it was right! I was hoping it was right because it had taken so long to draw, but after a few days of catching glimpses of it out the corner of my eye i knew i had to abandon it and start again. Back to the drawing board!
Image © Daniel Mackie
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You know the old philosophical dilemma, ‘what came first, the rooster or the egg?'
What's that, it’s the chicken not the rooster... oh, but you know roosters lay eggs too don’t you, it’s not just chickens? And one thing you should know is that if a rooster does lay an egg then you’d be wise not to have it for breakfast, as it would most certainly be a bad egg… a really bad egg… the baddest of bad eggs… a dreaded Cockatrice!
Watercolour painting by Daniel Mackie Image © Daniel Mackie.
One of them has played James Bond, adding a ‘licence to pout’ to a ‘licence to kill’, another, armed with a paintbrush, gave a woman named Mona Lisa the most mysterious and talked about pout in the world, and one of them currently seems to find celebrity fame solely through pouting. But what does Daniel Craig, Leonardo da Vinci, and Kim Kardashian all have in common? They’re all cheeky monkeys, that’s what - well according to Chinese astrology they are anyway.