A herd of buffalo can move at a deceptively fast pace, even when they are just walking. When you are trying to sketch them, the pace seems even faster and the herd that was beside you, are now just back-ends disappearing into the bush. Angles change, perspective changes and before you know it they are gone.This is why I find it helpful to really know the animals I am sketching, so I can get the basics down on paper faster than they are walking. When I added watercolor to this sketch, I chose a large brush and a bold color scheme – my favorite painting method!
All my field sketches, are created in Africa directly from life, or sketched back at camp purely from my memory of sightings. They are completely finished in Africa and I use no photos or video reference at any time in their creation. It is always tempting to add finishing touches back in the studio, but I avoid this to ensure that my field sketches really are field sketches.
The Original Field Sketch is watercolor & pencil on watercolor paper, 11×14″, priced at US$300. Limited Edition Giclées are also available, priced at US$120 each. Only 10 copies are available, printed using archival inks on watercolor paper, 14×11″, all signed and numbered by me.
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Wherever and whenever you see them, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Tomorrow’s sketch is of elephants at Kwando Lagoon.