Carnivores on the Brain

I’ve never had any formal art training aside from the one art class that was a requirement in grade school, but drawing has always been an outlet of mine. Drawing is a great way to unwind from life’s stresses, take a break from writing and reading scientific journals, and bring a hectic mind full of ideas back into focus. Of course, my favorite subject matter is that of animals, and being interested in carnivores, many drawings tend to be of a predator or of a predator-prey interaction. I enjoy applying my knowledge of animal behavior into my sketches, as well as applying new things I may learn. Here’s just a few of these, drawn with a basic graphite pencil set on a 14in x 17in (35.56cm x 43.18cm) sketchpad. Yes, that means that these are pretty big sketches. I’m often asked how long it took me draw them since theres details which you unfortunately can’t see in these photos I took of them. In short: A lot of hours, usually spread out in a week….give or take. They aren’t perfect, and I’m always super impressed by artists who are skilled enough to make a sketch look like a photograph, but I’m constantly trying to get better at this hobby. Practice practice!


A wildebeest’s close call with a Nile croc

The hunt

Wolves often spend time “testing” their prey before deciding if that animal is worth the risk.


Ibex, a large wild goat, are one of the main prey species of snow leopards. Both are equally equipped with the ability to swiftly navigate steep, rocky terrain.

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