A good place to start is with Antonia Barclay, whose traditional training in portraiture has inspired a range of classically crafted animal portraits. A distinguishing feature of Antonia’s originals is how she skillfully injects a drop of humour into all her pieces. You can’t help but crack a smile at each one! Take a look at Seahorse 2 for yourself.
Gek Ching Leo is another top-rated artist featured on Rise Art. The Singaporean artist explores the hybridism of animals and nature. Through her imaginative and intricate merging of animal and habitat, the artist expresses a deep concern for the ecological environment.
Keith More is equally worthy of attention. His incredibly realistic pencil drawings of animals can take up to 400 hours to complete. More dexterously uses high definition photography of his subjects to identify every little detail. The stunning precision and hyperrealism in his graphite designs leave onlookers ‘pawing’ over pieces like Silly Sausage for hours.
Animal drawings capture the life of animals in a variety of styles and mediums. Throughout history, animals have been the subjects for many communities and distinguished artists. During the Stone Age, caves were covered in animal drawings to tell old tribal tales; Ancient Egyptian artists presented many of their holy gods with animal heads; artists from the Middle Ages depicted animals as beasts and demons in order to express the struggle of the dark ages.
Today, drawing animals continues to be a widespread cultural and artistic phenomenon. From granny’s noble steed above the fireplace, disneyfied animals in family films to loveable litters in advertising campaigns used to boost a brands likeability, animal drawings suffuse the contemporary art sphere.