Some people love them, others think they’re vermin and over populated. Tree squirrels, ground squirrels, flying squirrels, are all part of the scuiridae family, along with chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks),and prairie dogs.
Squirrels live in almost every habitat from tropical rainforest to semi-arid desert, avoiding only the high polar regions and the driest of deserts. They are predominantly herbivorous, subsisting on seeds and nuts, but many will eat insects and even small vertebrates.
Featured in Shameless Self promotion on 26th February 2012

This portrait was done with Staedtler Ergosoft pencils on Bristol board extra smooth surface, A4.


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I’m a self-taught artist from the North of England and I like to inject a bit of humour wherever possible, whether it’s in my writing (see my poems), or my artwork.
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  • Woodie
    Woodieover 2 years ago

    I hope this is a local Red one !! Lovely pencil work.
    Cheers Neil

  • That was quick Neil! I have no idea where the source photograph came from, I just thought it was cute and had to have a go at it. Thanks for the lovely comment.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Karen  Hull
    Karen Hullover 2 years ago

    How absolutely delightful Margaret – I love this little guy – instant fav!!! :)

  • Thank you Karen…and thanks for the fave too!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Ellen!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Lisa Baumeler
    Lisa Baumelerover 2 years ago

    Fabulous work Margaret!!! I love the sense of whimsy you’ve created here. It would make a wonderful card for many occasions!

  • I hope you’re right Lisa. Thank you!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • phillipcmiller
    phillipcmillerover 2 years ago

    Gotta love a squirrel!! : )

  • I do, I do! Thank you Phillip.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Kimberly  Daigle
    Kimberly Daigleover 2 years ago

    This is fantastic, great portrait.

  • Thanks Kimberly!

    – Margaret Sanderson

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 2 years ago

    Excellent as always Margaret, the fur is superbly drawn !!!
    Love the expression, too !

  • Thanks very much George!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Catherine Gabriel
    Catherine Gabrielover 2 years ago

    I love him!

  • Thank you Cat!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 2 years ago

    Leap Year Special- 02.29.12 I absolutely love them….and this one’s captured my heart!

  • Yay! Thanks Jacqueline.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Sarah  Mac
    Sarah Macover 2 years ago

    So cute! Lovely result!

  • Thank you Sarah!

    – Margaret Sanderson

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