Wonderful expressive lines and Fauvist colors Zoe!
This was the first art class for this kindergarten student
as well as the first time using chalk pastels.
Awesome job Butch!
My K-4th grade group kicked off our Animals of the Rain forest and Desert class with these striking Mandrills in chalk pastel. We learned that they are the largest monkeys in the world and live in the rain forests of Africa. The mature males have the unmistakable colorful characteristics of the bright red nose and blue ridged cheeks. They also have enormous canine teeth that they like to show off (for whatever reason, this group preferred to draw them with closed mouths). And while they look menacing, they are in fact quite shy.
We followed a direct line drawing lesson starting with those mysterious deep set eyes. They were encouraged to use their pastels in a way to create the texture of fur, blending outward. I think each has a very distinct personality.