Cool,calm and in control.  by EllEssDee

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After hours working with a pencil and an eraser,I told myself to just stop and call it finished.Always loved rhinos and the photo I copied this from was such a powerful image that I had to try it.Most of my friends say he looks scary but I think he’s a big strong softy.
Hb,4b & 6b on A4 paper.
6th February 2010.

Below is the original photograph I used as source material for this drawing.


animal, nature, pencil, real life


  • sky   princess
    sky princessover 4 years ago


  • Thank you for taking time to comment.Glad you like it

    – EllEssDee

  • Marlene Piccolin
    Marlene Piccolinover 4 years ago

    You’ve really captured the immenseness and power of this animal. Well done.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments.Much like yourself,whenever anyone comments on my pictures I immediately go check out their porfolio and I just got back from yours . . .WoW!! I am so honoured that you like my work as I am in awe of yours.I will be commenting on some of them as soon as I have the time.I especially love the Gorilla and the hunter n his dog.Just WoW!!!
    So thanx again I am touched.

    – EllEssDee

  • Nancy  Vice
    Nancy Viceover 4 years ago

    beautiful work throughout your portfolio! this rhino doesn’t look scary to me but he sure does look like he has it all in his control! wonderful talent you have :)

  • Thank you for your comment.It means a lot to me having seen the quality of your work.From what I’ve seen I would think of you as an artist so for you to say that I have talent means the world.

    – EllEssDee

  • Dave  Butcher
    Dave Butcherover 4 years ago

    This one gets me , I want to jump out of the way! but then on second thoughts as Lee says look again he is just a big softy . Great drawing

  • Thank you for your comment.I love that we can all see something different when viewing art,part of the intrigue of it.
    I am touched that you like 2 of my drawings to the level of favouriting them,I’ll take that as a great vote of confidence.Thanx.

    – EllEssDee

  • Taniakay
    Taniakayover 4 years ago

    Love the way you make the light on his back shine with only graphite.. I also love painting in black and white :0)

  • Thank you.I was overjoyed with the results of this one.Its new owner calls it the ‘dogs b*****ks’.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Unbelievably real, fantastic stuff you got here! ;>

  • Thank you so much,I am so pleased that you think so.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Aleonart
    Aleonartover 4 years ago

    I like it!!!!

  • Thank you so much.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Matthew Scotland
    Matthew Scotlandover 4 years ago

    blown away by this image, a masterpiece of craftsmanship, love it

  • Hey I’m blown away by your comment.Thank you so much for the glowing comment and for favouriting this pic.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • preacherman
    preachermanover 4 years ago

    Incredible work, I agree with Matthew, a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

  • Wow Twice in one day !! Thank you for the great and encouraging comment and for making this a favourite.I am stoked.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Pete Janes
    Pete Janesover 4 years ago

    Your capture of focus is phenomenal.

  • Thank you so much.I appreciate your comment.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

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