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March 12th, 2015

Channeling Dürer

Artist: Anya Toomre
Artist Statement: I am enrolled in the online Sketchbook Skool and was presented with the creative challenge of stealing an admired artist’s work. I chose Albrecht Dürer because the animals he has drawn have always fascinated me. I knew about his Hare and Walrus, but only recently came across his Rhinoceros. Given some of the inaccuracies, like the horn on the base of the neck, and scales on the legs and feet, I wonder on what he based his drawing. Dürer’s Rhino is a intriguing drawing; it seems whimsical to me, although likely not his intent, and has wonderful line work. I tried to copy his version as closely as I could.

I sketched the basic body and bigger shapes of the Rhino in pencil onto my Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook. The subject looks complicated but as I started inking it with my current favorite pen, a Copic multi liner 0.3 mm, the design came together smoothly. I tried to break each section and area down, as Dürer had drawn his. Once I got down the main elements, filling in the rest of the shape became more meditative and relaxing. That was a good thing since it took a long time to actually complete. I enjoyed playing with the date and initials on the original to reflect what I’d drawn but also to honor Dürer’s label as well. His Rhinoceros was from 1515, five hundred years ago, so I only needed to change two numbers. His signature was usually the initials ‘AD’. Mine are ‘AT’. It wasn’t a major design shift to change a ‘D’ into a ‘T’. Those were small things but were fun to also incorporate into the picture.

MEDIA: Pencil and ink
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

Anya Toomre Durer rhino 2015 300 dpi WM

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