Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Mad about lemurs
A fairly quick drawing of a Brown Lemur. During my creative slump, someone said to me that I should think about what I like and draw those things that make me happy. Well, lemurs are pretty high up the list. I've always had a 'thing' about Madagascar since I first came across it in an atlas and knew I had to go there.
This is one of my favourite photos - me with a Black lemur on Nosy Komba, a tiny island of the northwest coast of Madagascar (Nosy, pronounced 'nossy', means island). Black lemurs are my favourites and this one is male, the females are brown with white tufts around their ears. So it was a really special moment (I still remember how soft and grippy those little fingers felt!) and to top it all, the person taking the photo was my future husband, but I had no idea at the time! Lemurs are supposed to be our distant cousins and I think I can definitely see a family resemblance with the nose! I must be related to my other favourite animals too - chocolate brown Burmese cats and Dachshunds!
It unusual for me to do a 'fairly quick' drawing of anything with fur, but with this one I managed to create most of it with suggestion and shading but I've added details here and there and around the edges to give it an illusion (I hope) of having more detail than it actually has. On the back, I worked in some shading with a chocolate brown (can you tell I love brown?) and found that a waxy black Luminance pencil brushed over on its side gives it an illusion of having a really thick fuzzy coat.