November 24, 2007



This week’s Illustration Friday theme is “Zoo”. A great theme and certainly in keeping with the animal idioms I’ve been illustrating for weeks now. It also seemed high time for an elephant drawing. It’s almost always a good time to draw elephants, in my opinion.

Elephants are some of the most intelligent creatures you’ll ever run accross. However, due to their stubborn refusal to use sunscreen and a shortage of extra large golf umbrellas, the elephant’s skin has become prematurely wrinkled and leathery.

Although the expression “Big enough to shade an elephant” proved itself fertile ground for image ideas, sadly, I could dig up no origin. For all I know, it’s not a well worn, seasoned old saying at all, but rather some blogger’s witticism from a few weeks ago, caught in the Google web. No matter, I decided to post the origin of another elephant saying, less visually inspiring but none-the-less interesting in it’s origin:

White Elephant

Meaning: A burdensome possession; creating more trouble than it is worth.Origin: White (albino) elephants were regarded as holy in ancient times in Thailand and other Asian countries. Keeping a white elephant was a very expensive undertaking, since the owner had to provide the elephant with special food and provide access for people who wanted to worship it. If a Thai King became dissatisfied with a subordinate, he would give him a white elephant. The gift would, in most cases, ruin the recipient.

Obviously the white elephants are a bit more vigilant about the use of 30SPF.


13 Responses to “zoo”

  1. Ella Says:

    That’s adorable! Wonderful idea and execution.

  2. Awww look at the itsy bitsy tiny umbrella!! Love it! Wonderful work.. And I learned a few thing about elephant too, thanks for sharing all this ;o) My favorite are the ones from India, they have smaller ears and look sweeter that the African ones.

  3. Wonderful! I really like the texture on the elephant’s skin. The whole piece is delightful.

  4. artseafartsea Says:

    Very nice. Love those colors and the elephant of course.

  5. Alexis Says:

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Love this. One of my all-time fav’s. You just get better and better.

  6. Nancy Lefko Says:

    what a fabulous elephant !!

  7. sketched out Says:

    Thanks so much everyone! It’s been very inspiring these past few months, to keep up with the drawing thanks to all the much appreciated encouragement!

    Alicia, I agree, I tend to find the elephants from India a bit more endearing. But you can’t beat an African elephant for pure majestic presence, eh?

  8. Mischa Says:

    This is so beautiful! Is that watercolor in the background or an effect from Illustrator? It’s also hilarious!

  9. Yes, true…you got me there :o)

  10. tusen Says:

    your elephant, although so big, is very graceful. Great picture and interesting text.

  11. gina Says:

    hilarious! 😀 what a sensitive- girly- cute elephant! Remind me of the time when I was in college, we girls always so annoyed about being under the sun..

  12. This is wonderful … it made me smile. Great colors and design. I love the way the large shapes fill the picture space.

  13. […] sweat is causing me to smudge my sketches, sooooo… once again I am reposting an earlier drawing. This one reminds me that I need to break down and carry an umbrella with me when I walk at lunch, […]

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