This collection is not for the faint of heart. This is for the bold; for those who know a good thing when they see it. Those who are comfortable being uncomfortable, who do what the ordinary fear. This is for those fearless souls who do it with passion, or not at all. Those who like their coffee so dark it’s infernal.
This collection will allow you to make a striking and refined statement, to match your temperament. Immerse yourself in these pieces that demand your attention.
Adding a piece from this collection to your decor will get a ‘wow’ from anyone walking by.
Modern animal totems
Totem animals are the animals we feel a very strong connection with and that influence us throughout our lives. In shamanism, an animal totem is a representation of the traits and skills that you embody or are meant to learn and develop in life.
The spirit of the animals is strongly present in each piece and with this artwork you can evoke the power of your spirit animal in a compelling way.
The observer effect
The uncomplicated composition is meant to evoke the spirit of the animal and allow the viewer to perceive the inherent power within the animal. I want you to be drawn into the work, take a moment to breathe in, breathe out, and just observe. Immerse yourself in exploring the artwork – and by extension yourself.
The observer effect tells us that when we observe something its nature changes. But as we change that which we observe, we are also changed by the act of observing – this is why it’s so important to take a moment when looking at these pieces: to allow the totems to work.
The real star is light itself
I wanted every piece to feel like the animals are emerging from darkness. As if you were waiting for an omen and as you look up you suddenly see the animal. Only those surfaces that are touched by the light are visible to us, the rest is hidden.
I chose to draw them on black to maximise the contrast and to create dramatic artworks with a presence that cannot be ignored. The black background brings weight and pulls the eye in as the white stands out against the surroundings.
I used a variety of pencils ranging from white to grey in order to create different shades of light. The most laborious part of these drawings was creating all the different textures; from short to long fur, fluffy feathers, soft skin on muzzles, and smooth velvet covering horns.
Meticulously working in how much light each area and each texture is exposed to, I drew each strand of fur and feather individually.
Creating an illusion
What was interesting for me was playing with negative space to indicate shapes. How do you make dips and grooves that are not illuminated look like they’re still there? Even when an area is in complete darkness, it should still not feel empty.
By using gradients of light – ranging from highly illuminated areas in stark white to dark greys at the very edges – these works get a three-dimensional feel and it creates the illusion that they’re coming out of the paper.
How was this collection born?
I’ve always loved black and white portrait photography because it strips away anything non-essential. What’s left is a striking photograph that demands your attention.
I wanted to take a simple medium, white pencil, and create drawings that truly do justice to the magnificence of these animals.
About the fine art print you are purchasing
When you buy an art print from the Little Birds collection it will be printed on museum-quality matte paper. The colours in the prints are vivid and look almost like original works. The paper is acid-free to ensure that the colours don’t fade.
Your fine art print will be rolled and wrapped in a protective sheet before placed in a sturdy cardboard tube for shipping. When you receive the print it’s a good idea to place it in an art folder or thick manila envelope to allow it to unfurl.
Handle your stunning new print with care as the matte finish on the paper is smooth and beautiful and sensitive to scuffing. I usually handle my fine art prints with cotton gloves in order to protect the delicate surface.
Framing it or having it framed as soon as possible after arrival is a good idea so that you’ll be able to enjoy your new artwork for many years to come.
Matte paper technical specs
- Basis weight: 192 g/m²
- Thickness: 10.3 mil (0.26 mm)
- ISO brightness: 104%
- Opacity: 94%