I Bet it Smells Like Elephant Poop in There by Steven Novak



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This is a really quick charcoal sketch I did a few years ago that I pulled out while digging through some old work. Maybe it’s not the single greatest thing I’ve ever done, but I do think that the concept is interesting.


Maybe not?

I dunno.

Some of the sloppiness can be forgiven though, since this was really more of a sketch than anything.




Leave me alone…I’m tired.


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  • hahpistuff
    hahpistuffover 5 years ago

    elephant poop, eh? ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, nice concept, not a nice virtual smell factor :D

  • You might be surprised at just how sweet elephant poop smells Shannon. Umm…wait…not that I would know or anything. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • margpie
    margpieover 5 years ago

    lovely sketch, unsure about the title though lol :)

  • Ya, the title could use a little work, couldn’t it? ;) Thanks!

    – Steven Novak

  • udonchow
    udonchowover 5 years ago

    Same sentiments as Margpie! I think this is a very beautiful sketch…and it raises many questions like why the elephants are inside the jar :D

  • Thanks Udonchow, glad you like it. As far as the questions it raises, I’m ashamed to say that I have no answers. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 5 years ago

    Mmmmmm, yummmy yummy smell. Great sketch, love the expression. The lights and shading are excellent. Will be cool to see why Elephants would want to poop in a jar, especially with the lid on

  • Because elephants just aren’t that smart. Mystery solved. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • Di Dowsett
    Di Dowsettover 5 years ago

    i love this….im becoming quite a fan!!!!

  • Thanks! Though, there are better things to become a fan of than me…like…well…pretty much anything. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • butchart
    butchartover 5 years ago

    by her face it looks like someone farted out there…… nice sketching.. great light………….b

  • I suppose your fart joke is partly my fault. I make a poop reference and a fart one was sure to be close behind. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • darkestartist
    darkestartistover 5 years ago

    you crack me up, mister! sounds like something my 4 yr old would say LOL

  • I’m not sure if that was a compliment or not. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 5 years ago

    Thanks Steven, I haven’t seen a good “elephant poop” work in years. Great sketch…now you can sleep it off!

  • Just how many elephant poop sketches have you seen Seth? ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • Alan Rodmell
    Alan Rodmellover 5 years ago

    Haha yeah bet it does too :D

    You have the glow from that jar perfect Steve. Nice work mate

  • Thanks Alan. I sometimes struggle to really nail lighting without some decent reference, but I think I got this one pretty close. Go figure.

    – Steven Novak

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 5 years ago

    I just took the trash out :P …

    Nice elephants! Although elephants, having those big noses that they do, would really suffer if it smelled in there~

  • Oohhh…I didn’t even think of that. Poor elephants. ;)

    – Steven Novak

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