It will come as no surprise to anyone that I love nature. I know, right – you’re just shocked. I hope through my photos and drawings I can share a bit of the wonders of nature with others – of the BC west coast particularly, but also of the wider world in general.
However, I realized that even when exploring nature, either actually getting out there or drawing away in my sketchbook, it’s quite easy to fall into rhythms, always focusing on the same subject matter as an even tighter focus of the presumably already limited environment. Just drawing the animals that interest me the most, and forgetting all the other wonderful creatures that share this ragged coastline. So I decided to set myself to a little project – to learning and illustrating all the animals of the BC coast. I’m calling it, obviously enough, the Wild BC Coast Project. I’ve started with land mammals, and we’ll see how far it goes. Some of these animals can be found far and wide across the continent or the world, and some are quite particular to this region. Again, this project is focused on animals just found on the BC coast, basically west of the Coast Range mountains as a rough guideline.
The video shows how far I had gotten as of yesterday afternoon. And by yesterday evening I finished up the page on the beautiful Vulpes vulpes, the red fox. I believe next I’ll be moving on to some smaller mammals, starting with the notorious masked bandit.
For anyone wondering, I’m working on this project in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook, working with Sakura pigma micron pens and watercolours.
I’d love to hear your favourite mammals – either of the BC coast or from your own home range!