A Pair of Penguins - African Penguins by Heather Ward

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I had the chance recently to visit the New England Aquarium with my daughter. They have a wonderful penguin exhibit there, with three different species. These are African penguins, the only species of penguin that breeds in Africa. Here, I have removed them from the indoor exhibit of fake rocks in a large pool to the more natural setting of a rocky South African shoreline. These birds are monogamous and listed as a vulnerable species.

This drawing was done with charcoal and graphite on Strathmore smooth bristol paper. The original 9″×12″ framed drawing is available.

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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing work- So skilled. A beautiful pose too x

  • Kimberley Barton
    Kimberley Bartonalmost 6 years ago

    great work

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Elleralmost 6 years ago

    Really beautiful work. Love the setting…the rocks are great …the penguins fantastic.

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanalmost 6 years ago

    so beautifully rendered.

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanalmost 6 years ago

    Featured in Works on Paper

  • Thank you for the feature!

    – Heather Ward

  • Nicole I Hamilton
    Nicole I Hamiltonalmost 6 years ago

    Really excellent work, Heather! Very skilled rendering and so realistic! Congrats on your feature!

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful work.

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...almost 6 years ago

    That’s beautiful!! I love this style of yours!

  • LinMorin
    LinMorinalmost 6 years ago

    This piece is just wonderful!!! You are very gifted….I feel like I could reach out and touch them..

  • Lisa  Weber
    Lisa Weberalmost 6 years ago

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