This piece aims to capture the comical side we associate with giraffes. They often look like they’re smiling, and those long eye lashes give the impression that they’ve made a special effort to look their best! The ‘sideways chew’ they have when munching on some leaves always make me grin too!
Size: 20 x 16 inches.
Hand drawn using chalk pastels on Pastelmat paper.
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Thanks to Stephen Bullock and Lee Hudson at Wildlife Reference Photos for use of their photographic references.
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A few little snippets showing the two giraffes being drawn. The whole piece took several days to complete. It was hand drawn using chalk pastels on Pastelmat paper.
A few interesting nuggets about giraffes…
Giraffes have three hearts.
They are the worlds tallest mammals, yet only have 7 vertebrae.
They sleep for less than 30 minutes a day!
The females in the herd operate a creche to look after the baby giraffes (calves).
A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground!
Sadly, giraffe numbers are rapidly in decline, having fallen by 30% in the past three decades. They are currently listed as vulnerable with less than 100, 000 still in the wild. This is due to a variety of factors, including poaching and habitat loss. Many people don’t realise that giraffe populations are in trouble. They rarely get much media attention despite being such a loved an iconic species.