When I decided to do another series of animal prints, I came up with the idea of making them look like travel posters for animals, showing them with their natural environment springing up behind them like a stage set and the animal taking centre stage. It was a new and novel way of envisaging animals for me.
For a change, I have drawn the fox in an urban setting, with a row of houses, bus, iron railings, a shed and ferns. You can see in the sketch I originally had a rubbish bin instead of the shed. I like the way it feels like a theatre stage, with layers of set curving up and over.
The hare features many fields, wheat heads, flints and a stone barn. You can see that I moved things around a bit in the sketch before I nailed it down.
The otter, which is an animal I’ve always wanted to illustrate and print, sits in a riverbank scene with a willow tree.
The bear print features fir trees, fir branches, a waterfall into a pool, snowflakes, mountains, aurora borealis and the moon. I originally had the waterfall on the left hand side but moved it to allow me to put in a fallen tree trunk.
The stag stands in a moorland setting including gorse, heather, a rock tor, fence and stone wall. And a windswept tree of course!