Saturday, 8 January 2011

Dust To Dust

An African elephant taking a dust bath to help repel parasites and give some protection from the relentless desert sun. Measuring 13 x 21 inches this graphite pencil work is quite large but due to the absence of any hair or fur, didn't take too long to complete (about 15 hours in total). I based my elephant on a photograph from the zoo but transferred him to the Namibian desert for his dust bath. Once framed this will be for sale from the Mighty Fine Art website.

3 comments:

sue said...

Another excellent work Peter - Is the black background graphite or do you combine with charcoal?

Peter Williams said...

Sometimes I do Sue, but this one is all graphite. I use the dust and rub it in with a cloth to get the even, rich, black wash.

sam said...

Stunnin work Peter, very happy to have found you)