To manage to draw animal portraits is hard as it is. It is not like your subject is likely to sit still while you draw. At the same time, an animal subject is also a difficult one to portray, as yu have to be weary of any particularity, of any personality traits it seems to display.
For some artists, the challenge is not to draw animal portraits, but to draw them only in pens. One of these artists is New Jersey-based illustrator Tim Jeffs. His favourite activity seems to be creating extremely detailed animal portraits using only pens. The artist portrayed a large number of wild animals, often with amazing details, and managing to capture what makes an animal special, their very essence.
It is estimated that each drawing takes up to 16 hours on average. It is amazing to see what can be done with only a pen and lots of patience. What makes Jeffs so motivated? The uniqueness of each animal, the complexity of each, the mix of fear and awe we feel when we look at them.
We are grateful to the artist’s son, Harrison, who started to share his father’s work on reddit.