A little while back I was commissioned by Dutch punk rock band Sweet Empire to create a new shirt design for them. Recognising my love for drawing animals, the band challenged me to create a piece using three extinct animals. Drawing animals that I’ve never seen before comes with its problems, but after a little bit of research and a lot of artistic license I created this, featuring a woolly mammoth, an irish elk and a dodo.
Work in progress – I drew each animal separately paying particular attention to the scale of each of the animals in relation to the other.
Things I learnt along the way: The dodo stood about a metre tall, the woolly mammoth about three metres tall (about the same as an african elephant) and the irish elk two metres tall with antlers stretching a staggering three and a half metres from tip to tip. Mind blowing.
Once all of the animals were complete I created them a lovely landscape to live in.