There’s something intriguing about wild animals that make them a tempting subject for drawing. One reason is that wild animals are mysterious, especially those that seem exotic to us. Another reason is they’re simply beautiful. Sometimes their beauty puts a high price on them, which brings up a third reason: conservation awareness. And we can’t leave out the unique challenge that drawing wildlife presents in that often one has to use either only reference photos or limited face-time with the subjects.
Matthew M. Schulz, whose painting, Evening Egret, was an honorable mention in The Artist’s Magazine’s 30th Annual Art Competition, studied the subject of this painting in the wild. McKenzie Graham, associate editor of The Artist’s Magazine, shared the following about his work:
“The egret’s white feathers stand in stark contrast to the dramatic dark edges of the water, but their being backlit also unifies them with the light-reflecting water. Like all of his painted birds, this one was studied closely in nature to reveal its flight habits and then painted with the assistance of a photograph for reference. The process of painting Evening Egret went so smoothly, Matthew says, ‘it was like spreading warm butter on hot toast.’”
Before the act of drawing animals, simply studying them must be just as satisfying as portraying them. I’m fortunate enough to live near one of America’s best zoos, and find myself staring endlessly at the African wildlife, in particular. Even my children have to snap me out of my fascination with these amazing creatures that are so much like us and our domesticated animal friends, and yet are so very different.
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