This is my first portrait of a giraffe and, unlike a lot of my other work, there isn’t a huge amount of detail in the subject. It was the spectacular dusk sunlight which drew me to the reference photo by Andrew Macaskill and this is what I principally wanted to capture.
I made extensive use of soft pastels from both Unison and Rembrandt for the background , working extensively with various tones of red, violet and blue for the clouds , with the sky areas in cream and peach with a splash of pink here and there.
The majority of the work on the giraffe was completed with Faber Pitt pastel pencils. A few CarbOthello were used as well for the brightly lit magenta and cyan areas along the top of the giraffe’s neck.