Elephant and my first sale!

This drawing was based on a photograph I took in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan sub-species is the largest of the Asian elephants. Only 7% of the males have tusks, so it was nice to come across this individual, accompanied by a family group including a young calf. Udawalawe is an important habitat for the elephants, many of which are drawn there for the Udawalawe reservoir. Just after I’d finished this piece I was contacted by someone who wanted to buy my original drawing of the Common Green Forest Lizard. At this point, I hadn’t actually considered that anyone might want to buy my work. Nevertheless, I sold it – the first ever sale of a drawing I’d done!

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