This is a simple study produced while I was on vacation last year. Giraffes are such funny creatures. The reference for this drawing was captured at The Wilds http://www.thewilds.org, a 10,000 acre wildlife preserve located in East Central Ohio. The Wilds houses many endangered and threatened species from Asia, Africa and North America, including Cheetahs, African Wild Dogs, several species of Rhinoceros, Bactrian Deer, Grevy Zebra, Bactrian Camels, American Bison, Przewalski's Wild Horse, Sichuan Takin, Banteng, several species of antelope such as Fringe-eared oryx, Scimitar-horned oryx, Sable antelope, Persian Onager, and Common Eland. These species are free ranging except for the carnivores which are housed at the carnivore facility with large pastures to stretch their legs.
I have a lot of photos taken at a photography workshop last year. I took so many that it is difficult to go through them all. There is an artist workshop scheduled for May, 2009, 3 days all enclusive for $175.00! This is a great place to visit and for that kind of money, well worth the material you will come back with. The landscape is gorgeous and at that time of year, there will be lots of flowers too. If anyone is interested in attending, please let me know. I am looking for comrads to go with. See there website for more information.
Here are a couple of shots from the photo workshop. This year they have two! And YES, that is a bird sitting on that Sable antelope's back!