Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Famous Pencil Drawings
Famous Pencil Drawings Biography
Support for Conservation:
After numerous visits to the Painted Dog Conservation Project near Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Chris has been givng percentage of sales to help with this project. The web site for this is
Special Achievements:

       This drawing was given the Runner up Award at the Australian Guild of Realist Artists Ltd. The judges comments were " The artist has captured movement and character in his subjects, givng a glimpse into the realtionships of the pack. They are skilfully drawn and beautifully presented with subtle colours and a clean finsh." Judge: Christine Broaersen
     This life like graphite pencil drawing won the best painting in the Summer Exhibition at the Australian Guild for Realist Artists in Melbourne Australia.
    The inspiration for this drawing came from countless hours spent sitting quietly besides this permanent waterhole at the Makwa Pan, Hwange NP. This is a favourite place for large family herds of elephants to come in to quench their thirst and socially congregate briefly before dispersing again. These encounters are a marvellous opportunity to observe and film the antics of the young and interactions between the often related family groups and other species.
    In 2007, with Zimbabwe in chaos and human despair, we had the park almost to ourselves for several weeks. One afternoon on our return to Makwa we witnessed a noisy upheaval at the waterhole when three painted hunting dogs nonchantly came out of the nearby teak woodland to drink, disturbing a large family herd of elephants. The commotion attracted the attention of a pride of lion that we had noticed earlier that morning, laying almost out of sight under bushes several hundred meters away. Upon seeing the dogs, several lionesses got up from their concealed repose and stealthily stalked the intruders. Their sudden appearance only increased the frenzied behaviour of the elephants and several trumpeting cows charged the big cats.
    In this drawing it is a large tusked bull elephant that is shown venting his anger, may be at an encroaching lion, with a full frontal charge. In the background nervous cows with calves hurriedly leave the waterhole while a young bull, still with the herd, stands his ground with outstretched trunk testing the air to locate the source of danger. Behind and above the bull the looming thunderstorm opens the season with a torrential downpour. The dust of this brief encounter will soon be erased and forgotten but the parched soils will be quickly transformed into a carpet of green to become the sustenance for the animals of the African bushveld.

       This graphite pencil drawing won the Best Painting in the Australian Art Excellence Awards Exhibiton held at the AGRA Gallery Melbourne.
    This drawing was also given the People's Choice Award at the Queensland Wildlife Art Society International exhibition held near Brisbane.
    In this montage drawing, a red kangaroo joey gazes out with innocence from the comfort and safety of his mother’s pouch. The superimposed adult paw prints behind him symbolise and point to his destiny while his eye reflects freedom and independence on the salt bush plains.
    Born in an embryonic form, the 1-2cm long hairless joey must survive a perilous journey climbing up through the mother’s fur from cloacae to pouch where it firmly attaches its mouth to one of four nipples. When I first worked on the land in the sixties, the old kangaroo shooters and stockmen were emphatic in their belief that the joey was ‘born on the teat.’ This was due to its tiny embryonic appearance and its strong, permanent fixture to the end of a long nipple in the pouch. Around this time some European researchers filmed the remarkable birth of a captive kangaroo for the first time, but I could never convince the old timers!

      This scene depicts a pride male with his female consort in oestrous who lies typically in relaxed fashion on her back. The male will remain in close proximity throughout the usual four day cycle, copulating with her every twenty minutes or so. Cats are induced ovulators and repeated copulation is necessary before ova are produced and conception can occur.

    Bronze Medal at the Bi-annual Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
       Given a Highly Commended Award at the "Drawing - the Essential Art" held at the AGRA Gallery in Camberwell, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
    It also was voted as the "Viewers Choice" at the exhibition April 2007. The drawing is of the "Jock of the Bushveld" lodge in Kruger National Park South Africa. Drawn in mainly graphite pencil a a little coloured pencil.
        A dry scene set in Kruger NP in October with the opening rains looming in the background. A family herd of elephants have been disturbed by perhaps a pride of lion lying in shade beside a waterhole and as the females and their young run off the big tusked male turns towards the danger to carry out a determined full charge attack. This bull is one of the many large tusked elephants that can be seen in Kruger due to their protection from significant poaching over many years. The bull is in musth which is denoted by the discharging temporal gland and urine stains on the sheath and back legs and is the reason that he has joined this female herd in search of females in oestrous.

    AWARDS: Runner up - Summer Exhibition at the AGRA Gallery Melbourne 2007

      A graphite pencil drawing of a herd of Impala seen in Chobe National Park, Botswana. This drawing was the runner up in the AGRA Winter Exhibition held in Melbourne in May, 2006. Some of the mothers are looking after a nursery of baby impala while their mothers are away feeding. There is a lot of movement in the drawing with babies feeding and a lot of grooming going on.
        A detailed graphite pencil drawing of a herd of African elephants approaching a waterhole. They are sniffing the air with their trunks raised to smell any danger for the young calves at foot.
      A winner of the AGRA's Summer Exhibiton 2005. A montage drawing of Jack's Camp in Botswana with a Brown Hyaena coming towards you, Merecats and the migration of Zebras in the background. This drawing also won the people's choice award at the exhibition.
       This fine detailed graphite pencil drawing of an African Dung Beetle and an African Elephant was awarded third prize in the drawing section of the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in Melbourne.
       This drawing was an ink pointilism drawing of an Australian Goanna lizard set in the Australian bush. It was chosen as a finalist in the inaugural South Australian Museum, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize held in Adelaide.
       Chris was invited to South Africa to draw some South African Safari Lodges. He drew again a montage of animals with the lodges. These drawings took a year to draw.
      This graphite pencil drawing of an Elephant's eye with a young elephant calf running was given a Highly Commened Certificate at the annual WASA exhibition in Melbourne.
      Chris was asked to return a number of times to draw African Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chris drew a montage drawings with wildlife a major feature in the drawings as they were typical of animals that would be seen around the lodges.         
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