Gentle giant

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Gentle giant

Acrylic on Acrylic Gesso primed un-stretched acrylic canvas sheet 12″ × 8″
The original is not available.
African Elephant – Elephantidae Loxodonta.
“Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.”
~Indian Proverb ~
With a height of just over 3 – 4m (measured at the shoulder), a length of between 6 to 7.5m (that’s the length of an average motor car garage!) and weighing in at 6 tonnes, these mostly gentle giants of the African bush are highly intelligent with a strong sense of family and herd, and a complex social structure.

Elephants are incredibly social animals: they form strong, long-lasting bonds within their herd. They adopt orphaned calves, help injured elephants and work together. They have surprisingly complicated behavioural patterns and interactions. An injured member may be helped to its feet and supported by other herd members: if it is badly wounded, it may be vigorously defended by the herd, with even the calves taking part. Although elephants are normally peaceful individuals, they can be aggressive and extremely dangerous, especially if they are sick or injured. Females in groups with young are particularly unpredictable, as are males in musth.

Here in Africa they are native to a wide variety of habitats including semi-desert scrub, open Savannah’s and dense forest regions. Besides its greater size, it differs from the Asian elephant in having larger ears and tusks, a sloping forehead, and two “fingers” at the tip of its trunk, compared to only one in the Asian species.

For this sketch, I looked at many different photographs from a great many angles, and developed this stance from all the ‘information’ I had gathered in my mind.

1. 25th August 2010 – FEATURED in “Paws & Claws”
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7. 21st October 2010 – “Gentle Giant” was chosen as “A Special Animal” in “Pets Need a Hug”
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9. October 2010 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Big Five” in “Mozambique”
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34. 7th April 2015 – FEATURED in “This & That”

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