I watched this elephant at the zoo standing so patiently. I've seen how such a large animal that is built so bulky can be so careful and gentle. This close view is very intimate, bringing attention to his eyes, the surprising little hairs we usually don't notice and the striking light that emphasizes his unique and highly versatile appendage. I chose dark Canson Ingres paper and a small color palette of complimentary colors working with a very light and sensitive touch. I minimized any background detail to bring full attention to the head creating a dramatic design.
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