Before starting this drawing I did a bit of research to see how other artists have handled drawing a Koala. I could see it was going to be quite challenging as they don't have the type of fur I'm used to drawing. Nor is it long hair but instead a sort of thick wool going in all directions. I was unable to find any good pencil drawings of Koala except for a beautiful one by Doreen Cross of Dors Art which featured the the face but not an entire body composition. After getting stuck into this I can see why there aren't many, very laborious indeed!
I did enjoy putting in the tree and foliage though, and went for a composition involving quite a bit of space at the bottom which I think works well. This is a very large piece for me ( 14.5 x 26 inches) and took a lot of time to complete.
It's much more impressive now that it's mounted and framed to a total size of 34 x 22.5 inches and should look good in my forthcoming exhibition in Aldeburgh at the end of July. That will be in the Cinema Gallery which is quite a large, airy space with a very high ceiling so a few larger works will serve to help make a decent show alongside some of my medium sized and smaller works. I've put it up for sale on the Mighty Fine Art website but hopefully I'll still have it for my exhibition!