If you go down to the woods today…

You won’t find any bears, Not in the Congo anyway. but there are tracks through the forests in the Congo, Paths, well trodden though the trees. What forest dweller could be making these paths?.. Elephants. Yes that right. Forest dwelling elephants.

Elephants in the Congo

The Forest Elephants of the Congo are smaller than their African cousins, it is believed that they have evolved that way. I guess you’d want to be smaller if you had to walk through dense forest all day!

The African Forest Elephant population approached critical levels in the 1990s and early 2000s. This is because of poaching. As a result the African Forest Elephant is listed as vulnerable under the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
Drawing of a congo elephant
This is the first drawing I did, I wanted to have a simple kind if Art deco shape for the Elephant, and then to design the forest within it.
After I finished the drawing I put it to one side as i wasn’t sure it was right! I was hoping it was right because it had taken so long to draw, but after a few days of catching glimpses of it out the corner of my eye i knew i had to abandon it and start again. Back to the drawing board!
Image © Daniel Mackie

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7 thoughts on “If you go down to the woods today…

  1. For what it’s worth, I think the drawing here would be perfect if the two straight, parallel lines down the side of the body were convex. so that the overall shape was more oval or rounded…just thought I’d share, I know the artist knows what he’s doing :)

  2. Pingback: In the Congo – African Forest Elephant « Watercolour illustrator | screenprinter | Daniel Mackie

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