Friday, 29 February 2008

Elephant Research

My good friend and ex-colleague Matt Dawson did a few pieces of work for a courageous lady called Kate Evans who works with elephants in Botswana.
Our mutual pal, Phil (a source of much inspiration) first suggested that Matt contact Kate, and recently suggested I submit something for her to use in her ongoing fund raising activities too. I submitted the piece below. As she is often out of the country (understandably) I haven't heard whether she would like to use the piece. I'm a little short of suitable Blog material and thought I would share this piece with you all here in the information landfill.



To see more about the work Kate does, please pop along to the elephant research website. To see more of the work Matt does, check out his blog via the handy link above.

12 comments:

essedesign said...

good work! and nice superman kev!

Essedesign

qualia said...

I want a baby one. He is just so cute.

Gorillustrator said...

Very Nice Kev.
Nice muted palette and you've managed to give the young elephant a kind of playful look.

Moyse said...

This is a beautiful piece, I really like the desaturation at his feet. What medium is this?

Kevin Levell said...

Thanks to you all for your really kind comments.

Paul, I did this digitally in Photoshop. I do lots of layers, and paint "textures" on soft light/multiply layers to create "washes" - hopefully it all works and I get something I'm happy with.

Phil said...

Hey Kev, I've told you already how much I like this piece, but the more I look at it the more I love it. The line work is just so... elephant! The line and colour together create an image that just so vivid and lifelike. Kate's going to love it!

Ps. Thanks for your words in brackets, it means alot.

matt dawson said...

hey Kev... I hope not "ex colleague" from an illustration point of view as I hope to collaborate in the future ! That said, the pacyderm is really great, I'm sure Kate will love it! PS thanks for the 'bridge' to my blog... always appreciated amigo!

Di said...

Beuatiful! Looks like line and watercolor - doesn't look digital at all. I love your technique.

thefridayfrog said...

aawwwwwwwww he is sooo sweet and fluid and lumbery...all at the same time! he's a wonderful digi piece as you would never know with this level of layering and texture. inspires the cheerios out of me to go play in psd layer land. your friend kate will go ga-ga, kev! :))

Lori said...

this is so sweet and beautifully done.

Ellen said...

VERY nice job!!!!

johanna said...

a happy-looking elephant! love it!