Saturday, June 2, 2007

African Wild Dog

So I was at the Bronx zoo recently and finally got to see the new (new to me!) African wild dog exhibit. I must say, it is a great addition to the zoo. When I first walked in, there was a little boy playing with one of them through the glass. It was pretty ridiculous: the boy would charge at the window and the dog would fake back and lunge while the boy laughed in excitement. It was like any domestic dog playing with a child... except for the fact that it is a completely wild pack hunter... Needless to say, it was great to have a large group of social pack animals to draw: if you are in the middle of a quick pose and the subject moves, then there is more than likely another one within the pack doing something very similar for you to pick up from! Gave a shot at a design:

edit: so after getting some feedback, being tired of drawing like me and being super inspired by one Martin Wittig, I decided to try doing a design in his style. I enjoyed doing this, because I had to approach the process of drawing in a more sculptural manner, almost carving into the thicker rough. Doesn't give any justice to Martins' style, but I tried... and it certainly gives me greater appreciation for how GOOD Martin is!


Stewart said...

yeah! I'm going to go out on a limb and offer my not so expert opinion.

I like the skinnyness of the legs. Specifically the ankle/wrist to paw.

I'd personally like to see that, and the knobbyness of the joints pushed a bit farther. As well as the neck fur, and base of the tail.

like two big furr logs on either end of this lithe torse and long, spindly legs.

As far as the drawing in all, its a good andrew drawing, but the far hind leg seems to be cluttering and confusing things for me. I see you drew the body slender, but the silohuette (sp?) doesn't communicate that.


stephen said...

I second stew on the silhouette. I'd like to see him from some different angles.

Do wild dogs eat people? Or just babies? Or just anything?

GhettoFab said...

these are fantanstic and your work is AMAZING!! Lovely post Andrew!

Alina Chau said...

Love the design!! Especially the skinny leg and round toes.

bsleven said...

These dog designs are great! : )

joonasjoonas said...

I did recognize this style. Good work! I'm a big fan of Martins work too!

martin wittig said...

Andrew, First of all this is WONDERFUL! Secondly, thank you so much for your kind words...I would have commented sooner, but i just stumbled across this while looking at all of your great works! So I am sorry for the delayed post. Again,..I am truely honored.