Sketch of the day - ‘Wild Thing’ - I plan on inking and colouring this one, but not today. I was also going to do a digital painting rather than post this for sketch of the day (I really want to do a portrait of the falcolf Sculd Bloodleaf) but my computer was just being a bit angsty about photoshop so I figured I’d skip the tearing out my hair part and post this. (Then go forth and move stuff off of my laptop’s hard drive to make it less electronically constipated.) So, anyway, this is an African Wild Dog or Painted Hunting Dog. I find the ‘dog’ part of their name misleading but these are my most recent favoured species. (Not favourite but certainly favoured. I like them a lot.) I’ve known about this species since forever (since I grew up watching documentaries) but for some reason I never noticed how utterly gorgeous these animals are until about maybe a year ago. I watched a clip on youtube of three wild dogs in a zoo and abruptly realized “Hot damn, those are some magnificent creatures! Why didn’t I notice this before?” It’s not their crazy, awesome camouflage markings. Nope. It’s their bodies and their amazing, incredibly peaceful society. These guys don’t scrap over food like wolves do. They just munch quietly away. That’s not to put down wolves (because wolves are fudging awesome and a lot less beastly than most people make them out to be) but it’s pretty incredible for an animal to be so non-aggressive with its own kind. Even humans are probably more aggressive than African wild dogs are with their own kind. African wild dogs, to me, seem like the bonobos (creepy hippy chimps) of the canine world. They’re also incredibly intelligent strategic hunters and amazingly fast endurance racers. You want an animal which can run full speed for five kilometres straight? Yep, African Wild Dogs can do that for you. (Well, so can wolves… and they can even run further… but this is pretty damn incredible for hot, scorching AFRICA.) Cheetahs (my other favourite African animal) can’t do that. African Wild Dogs are like speed demons crossed with the best military strategists in history… crossed with hippies. Basically they’re pretty badass and when they move, they truly are poetry in motion.
So also I had fun on this because I was crazy and drew an extended trot. Twist that body, twist! I don’t know if African Wild Dogs can actually do a floating extended trot like this, but for this moment I don’t care if floating trots are realistic or not. I’ll care when I colour this!