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watercolour in moleskine,

As I said before, it sounds really creepy, but I love drawing dead animals.

I mean there are actual proper reasons beyond the macabre. I really adore painting animals, both in more natural and anthropomorphic contexts. When they’re dead, they obviously can’t move, so I can really focus in on all the details. From there building expressions and character into illustrations where I don’t always have ideal references becomes much easier.

This guy is a poor little nuthatch that flew into the window and broke his neck. I spent a couple days painting him from different angles, in different positions, until he began to smell a bit. The glamorous, glorious, never in the least gross life of an artist…