Irish Elk :: Wapiti géant

I drew this yesterday at the Redpath Museum and then had the time to paint it today (I took a photograph to remember its colours). The Irish Elk, also known as the Giant Deer or Megaloceros giganteus, was a giant of the last ice age, about 10,500 years ago. It stood 7 feet (2.1 meters) at the shoulder. Adult males had massive antlers that spanned 12 feet (3.7 meters) and weighed up to 88 pounds (40 kilos), as per National Geographic. I painted using French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna and Aureolin in a Larolan Sketchbook, 5.5″ x 8.5″. This is a wonderful paper to paint on.

Voici un géant wapiti vivant au moment de la dernière ère glaciale, il y a environ 10,500 ans. Ce géant mesurait 7 pieds (2.1 mètres) à l’épaule et les ramures s’étendaient à 12 pieds (3.7 mètres) de large et le wapiti pesait environ 88 livres (40 kilos). C’est surprenant qu’un si gros animal soit si peu pesant.

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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