This my piece for the Limited Edition RARE 2010 Calendar.
I was asked to do a pangolin (mine is an Indian pangolin), and it actually was a big challenge to not only get the scales right, but to also draw it in a way that showed the creature to advantage yet was interesting! I tried front views, 3/4 views, side views, back views, but nothing worked right or showed the scales enough. I tried several ways to fit it in the picture, but it was hard to get it looking right without seeming to have bent it oddly. I drew at least 40 thumbnails and roughs!
I wanted to add another animal (in this case, an Indian palm squirrel) to add a bit of story. It was a big challenge and took me a long time, but I was glad to try it, and though there are things I'd fix, I learned a lot in the process and was very glad to be a part of it!!! (thanks Ashalind!)
The drawing was done in mechanical pencil on bristol, and then was scanned in and colored in Photoshop CS3.