I did this pencil sketch of a mother white rhino and her calf after a photographic trip to a reserve in South Africa. The game guard was kind enough to drive around to give me better angles for the light and shadow. I did an acrylic painting from this sketch, but the sketch has always had a charm for me, that I was never quite able to capture in the finished painting. I added the sepia effect later which somehow recreates a feeling of my youth in the bush of Africa better. I guess I am a little like an ageing newspaper now :)

I never did find out how her ear got torn, but I like to think it was in brave defence of her baby.


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My artwork ranges from the traditional, to the slightly offbeat.

With the wildlife and landscape, paintings, I like a more photo-realistic approach, with light, colour, emotion and a sense of space, being key components.

My cartoons are a little quirky, with themes and styles varying according to mood.

My Website http://www.tomgodfrey.com.au

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  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersabout 5 years ago

    A real charmer Tom – the drawing I mean, but then I’m sure it applies to you too. One of the things I like in some artwork is the ‘lost and found’ edges, in this case the head and neck of mamma Rhino. Masterful work Sir Tom.

  • Thanks Sir Brian. :) not sure if my wife would give me that label :) Yeah I do love the lost and found edges -creates an energy and a mystery. Thanks as always for the thoughtful comments

    – Tom Godfrey

    ROUBLE RUSTabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Tom xx

  • Thanks RUSTy

    – Tom Godfrey

  • retepk
    retepkabout 5 years ago

    Superb work Tom. Master class.
    Cheers mate.

  • That’s very kind of you retepk – cheers

    – Tom Godfrey

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 5 years ago

    amazing drawing ..so well done!!

  • Thanks a lot catherine

    – Tom Godfrey

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic Tom!! :)

  • Thanks kreesor. Your support is always much appreciated – cheers buddy

    – Tom Godfrey

  • Windsmane
    Windsmaneabout 5 years ago

    Very cool. I really like this image

  • Thanks Windsmane. thanks for stopping by and for the fav -cheers

    – Tom Godfrey

  • Freda Surgenor
    Freda Surgenorabout 5 years ago

    this is lovely Tom, instant fave!!!

  • Thanks Freda. Coming from a master of the pencil that’s a very cool comment.

    – Tom Godfrey

  • Fran Webster
    Fran Websterabout 5 years ago

    Charmer? Jayne would agree. You swept her off her feet. Great drawing Tomtom.

  • :) Thanks Fran. Actually it was the other way round, she caught me as I fainted in the presence of such beauty :)

    – Tom Godfrey

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...about 5 years ago

  • Thanks Arie, much appreciated mate

    – Tom Godfrey

  • artbyjehf
    artbyjehfabout 5 years ago

    Super! Love the soft ethereal feeling.

  • thanks artbyjehf

    – Tom Godfrey

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