Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 Holiday Drawing

Seasons Greetings!


"Classy Snow Lady (Mourning Dove)"
Graphite Drawing, 5 x 8

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

~Norman Vincent Peale

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!
~Robert


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stay in the park big guy…PLEASE!

Adventure in Tanzania, Africa 2013

Part 2
Encounter with a very large Bull Elephant
Field sketch from Tarangire NP, Tanzania 2013
Halloween 2013 and I am out in the bush on a game drive, the west side of Silale Swamp in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. About mid morning we had made our way over to the area by Kuro Air strip, a small airport for what I call “puddle jumpers” to land at. Just as we were coming around a bend in the road that actually intersects with the road to the airstrip I saw the largest bull elephant I have seen to date and with what I considered to be huge tusks. Just a grand elephant!
We of course stopped and got into position to watch and photograph this gentle giant. I guess when you are that large and older you earn the right to move slower, to go at your own pace, slowly pulling Acacia leaves off the tree that you are under and watching us with one eye as he goes about his business. He eventually walked out from under the tree and into the sunlight over to the next grouping of trees. Camera shutters are going off in a rapid fire capturing every step, every movement as he simply walked from one tree to the next. He was the star and we were the paparazzi. We all looked at each other silently acknowledging that we all thought we had just gotten the perfect shot and that we had the makings for a grand painting, drawing or photograph. Satisfied we moved on.
On our way back up towards the swamp we saw him again, this time he was standing in the middle of the road that we had to go down. After about 15 minutes of patiently waiting he moved to the side of the road but just barely. We were in a great need to get back to the ranger station because our park pass was getting ready to run out so we had no choice but to get by the giant and quickly. Our guide through the land cruiser into gear and quickly got up to second gear and we raced by him… I have never in my life seen something so large move so fast! This enormous animal turned around so quickly and was facing right at us as we came parallel with him. If he had made the choice I sincerely believe that he could have with just a slight nudge turned the Land Cruiser over and kick us around just because we are silly little humans. Let me also mention that just before we made our way past him that he took a tree probably 10 inches in diameter between his trunk and tusk and simply pushed it over with what looked like no effort at all.
Even with my fellow artist that was originally on the left side of the vehicle and between me and the elephant ending up basically in my lap I pretty much got a good sequence of photos from the encounter. The elephants face is all over the picture frame because I was just pointing the camera in the general direction of the big guy, hanging on to the truck with the other hand and just basically staring at him in amazement as he turned to meet us.

Sequence of photos as we rushed by the giant!

Even though my encounter with this giant bull elephant was indeed exhilarating and I will forever remember him, it is not because of this event that I will be thinking of him but because of his safety. As we drove off I can remember saying, “Stay in the park big guy… please stay in the park!” He is a prime target for a poacher and I hope he can move that fast when he really needs to.
This sketch is how he looked after we had just passed him, alert, head up, tusks out and on guard.


Art to save Elephants

Thursday December 12, 2013, 9am CST - Sunday December 15, 2013 12pm CST

This sketch is currently available in the Artist Ambassadors Against Poaching “Art to save Elephants” silent auction that is being held of the AAAP FaceBook page. The silent auction runs from Thursday December 12, 2013, 9am CST – Sunday December 15, 2013, 12pm CST. Please click here to visit the page and place a bid, ALL proceeds from this auction go to African Wildlife Trust and their efforts to help save the African Elephants just like the one that i drew in this sketch. Bid often and bid high!




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Silly……. silly man…

Adventure in Tanzania, Africa 2013

Part 2
Among a pride of nine Lions


Field sketch from Tarangire NP, Tanzania 2013

I went to Tanzania with a goal, more really of a high hope, that I would get a chance to see big cats. I say this because when you go on safari  you need to be happy with whatever Africa will give you, even if its your 207th zebra.  
Africa... Africa was very generous this last trip!
On October 14, 2013, which was day 3 of my 2013 safari, we were on the east side of Silale Swamp on a park road that isn't heavily traveled. To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this drive because many of the previous trips down this particular road in 2012 didn't offer up much. But as I said previously… Africa was very generous this trip.
We had eaten our bush breakfast on the side of the hill that leads down into Silale Swamp about 9:30 in the morning and were making our way south down the road to the bottom of the swamp to cross over and go back up the west side. Our guide and what a fantastic guide he was, saw something under a tree and as we got closer we noticed that they were lions, SCORE! To even make this better as we got closer the group of lions grew from 3 to 5 and finally we counted 9. Nine lions all at once! Africa was being extremely generous this morning!
We stayed there for probably about a good solid ½ hour photographing, sketching and taking notes. All of the artists composing pieces in their heads for a painting that they would do back in the studio. Just a fantastic experience. We would take a grouping of photos from one angle, move the Land Cruiser to another vantage point and again start capturing more reference from this new angle. You knew when the lions had moved because this automatic buzzing sound would come from both vehicles. That was just plane fun to be part of.

Our open sided vehicle

Our guide tells us that we need to start making our way away from the lions and start moving on but as we are leaving we will circle the larger group of 5 to get one last volley of images. When doing this the lions would be on our right as we circled, I was on the right side. It’s midday and the lions are pretty docile sitting under the tree although they are showing a small interest in the herd of Cape Buffalo that are walking towards the swamp not too far away. As we make our way around the last corner of the tree I am sitting there taking up close shots of this one particular lion which has its eyes shut, I am using my 500mm lens but only need it zoomed into 200mm because we are close to the lions. So close that I take the camera away from my face for a minute and visually measure the distance between me sitting in the vehicle and the lion laying on the ground. I calculate that I could lay my body length down twice in the space between me and the lion. I literally am thinking to myself as I put the camera back up to my eye that “Holy XXXX! We are close.” Just at the moment that I start to take more pictures the lion opens it eye, stares straight at me and then proceeds to follow me as we slowly move past him. I took a few more nervous shots, put my camera down and without asking anyone else in the vehicle, turned to the guide and said “We are good…. LET”S move on!”
Did I mention that I was riding in the open sided vehicle that day? Twelve feet from a lion who is looking at me with an intent stare that I perceived as “Silly……. silly man….. Come just a bit closer and you will have brought me my lunch. Come closer, I dare you.”
This field sketch is from the moment just after the lion had opened it’s eye and stared at me.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"playing his last game with the moon..."

Grasping color was as far as the distance of the moon.

My first successful painting was in black and white.


Recently I was interviewed by a writer from Southwest Art Magazine for an upcoming article in the February 2014 issue. During that interview I was asked several questions about the road of my becoming an artist which of course lead to my college years and my inability to paint. Towards the very end of my senior year I had finally created to what I consider to this date my first successful painting and that painting always hangs in my studio to remind me that every obstacle can be met, tackled and eventually with patience overturned.
I majored in Communications Arts with a concentration in Illustration so all of my work from college revolves around illustrating stories. To this day I am not sure if I choose this particular book or if it was the professor but I illustrated the story  "The Distance of the Moon" by Italo Calvino which was in his book “Cosmicomics.” I later went and illustrated the cover as well in color which I felt was okay but not as strong as the interior black and white illustration for “The Distance of the Moon.”

"The Distance of the Moon"
Alkyds on Illustration board

I would have to read the story again to tell you what it was about since it was so long ago but I can quote the passage that the painting was inspired by only because I highlighted it in the book with a note, "this is the piece!"
"And I recognized, we both-the Captain's wife and I-recognized my cousin: it couldn't have been anyone else, he was playing his last game with the moon, one of his tricks, with the Moon on the tip of his pole as if he were juggling with her."
Some of the imagery for this scene came from a previous passage where they describe the "pole" that was being used to juggle the moon.
"It must have been made of bamboo, of many, many bamboo poles stuck one into the other, and to raise it they had to go slowly because-thin as it was-if they let it sway too much it might break."
So from these passages my first successful painting was created and to this day I believe it was because it was in black and white. Color adds a whole new dimension to creating, which I understand today but just couldn't grasp back in my college days. Incidentally the man in the illustration is a college friend of mine who is quite the artist himself and I have started to see new figurative works by him recently that as they did back in school, just blew my socks off.

Below is the color cover illustration that i created a few months after the one above. My father, being the proud parent of an artist hangs this in his home office and every time I see it, I cringe.

"Cosmicomics"
Alkyds on Illustration board

Sometimes it good to walk down memory lane, it reminds us that what we now see as easy once was as difficult as what we have before us today. That is why "The Distance of the Moon" always hangs on my studio wall.

   

Monday, November 18, 2013

Like minded individuals...

Adventure in Tanzania 2013! Part 1


It has been two weeks now since my return from Tanzania and I am still processing  all that I saw, felt, touched and yes smelled. I took 15,964 photos while on safari this time and it will take me some time to go through all of them to organize and revisit the memories of the actual events. Such great moments from seeing hippos in Silale swamp, apparently this is the first time in 13 years, to a great big bull elephant , that we got extremely close to and our surprise visit to Ngorongoro Crater.


Hippo in Silale swamp, Tarangire NP, Tanzania

I had the privilege of spending 13 days in Tanzania with eight world class artists and what a great time it was to spend every moment with like minded individuals. We were up every morning at 5:00am, in the Land Cruisers at 5:45 and at the park gate promptly at 6:00 am when they opened. From there we went ALL day most of the time note returning back to camp until after dark. It was not uncommon for us to eat breakfast, bush breakfast in a box, at 10-11:00 am and our lunch around 3:00pm which was also a bush meal. We would have to be out of the park promptly at 6pm each evening and let me tell you we pushed it to the very last minute, driving as fast as we could because we didn’t want to leave that particular animal with the brilliant lighting until we had too. We would get out the gate just in time and then because the camp was another half an hour through the bush we would continue to squeeze out every last minute of sunlight that we could. Some of us would even continue long after the lighting turned well….. not usable for reference. “Hapana jua” - No Sun

The other artists and I were in all invited to participate in this trip by African Wildlife Trust and it’s founder Pratik Patel. We are all AWT Artist Ambassadors working to help AWT in it’s mission to help protect and bring awareness to the ever growing problem of Elephant poaching in Tanzania as well as the welfare of other African wildlife. Each of the artists will be creating an original piece inspired from this trip that will be given to AWT and then auctioned off with all of the proceeds from the auction going directly to AWT and the African Elephant! Below is the list of the the AWT Artist Ambassadors from this amazing adventure in Tanzania!


Photo courtesy of John Agnew
Artists from Left to right: Sandy Scott, Tony Pridham, John Agnew, Jan Martin McGuire,
James Gary Hines II, Robert Louis Caldwell, Paul Dixon, Julie Askew, Dale Weiler





Tuesday, October 15, 2013

33 project ends Friday!

The Thirty-Three Project is at it's end!

The Thirty-Three conservation project is drawing towards the end as Robert prepares to travel to Tanzania. One of the first things Robert will be doing in Tanzania will be to present Pratik Patel the founder of Africa Wildlife Trust with a check from the money raised through this project to help AWT's anti-poaching efforts of Elephants in Tanzania. This is something that has been very close to Robert's heart and we thank everyone who has participated so far in helping to raise money for the African Elephant and to give Robert the chance to give it to someone who is directly involved in saving these majestic animals.

The sale of the limited edition print and conservation DVD package will end at 12:00pm EST on Friday October 18, 2013.
There are only five prints available! 

$250

You may click on the link above to order your print & DVD or by visiting Robert's webpage for the print, www.rlcaldwell.com/Print_Thirty-Three.html. This print will not be available after noon EST on Friday October 18, 2013, the original digital file and any unsold prints will be destroyed at that time.


You may also donate to the Thirty-Three project by clicking on one of the donate buttons below, Thank you!

$10 donation

Any dollar amount donation


    

Monday, September 30, 2013

Back at the easel

Way to much time has gone by since my last posting and much has happened since then,  too much to even try to write about.  So I'll share what I currently have on the easel and actually it is the first painting that I have worked on in almost 7 months. The drawing book kept me covered in Graphite dust since the beginning of the year.

This is the latest painting in progress on the esael and it's of a Lilac-breasted Roller perched  in a Baobab tree. It is a commission from my africa trip in 2012, the collector asked for one bird and that was the LBR and me being a newbie at traveling to africa I was worried that I wouldn't see one. Apparently they are everywhere and after the first day I had enough refernece to probably paint several paintings.

The composition has been completly drawn  in and the canvas is tonned ready for color that you can is mixed and ready to go in the foreground on the pallette.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fur..... fur....... and fur......




Now that the drawings are finished the writing work officially begins on my instructional drawing book “Draw Realistic Animals; Wildlife, Pets & More” today.

I believe I have written the first chapter of my book although it’s the third chapter that will be in the book. This chapter focuses on the drawing of fur as I look at short, mid and long haired animals and I am using my drawings “Keri (Cat)” for the short hair demo, “Brodie (Dog)” for the mid length hair demo and finally my drawing “Kutokua Na Hatia (Colobus Monkey)” for the long hair demo.

I have probably written much more than is needed for each demo so hopefully my editor will be able to shorten it and make me sound good!

Next chapter is for the birds!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Loss...

Recently my family experienced a loss which has brought us to a screeching halt. Although the loss of my mother-in-law is a very personal one to myself and especially my wife, I believe that I owe her this brief passage of gratitude.

My relationship with my mother-in-law was probably the typical one that a son-in-law has with his wife’s mother, a relationship of giving each other a hard time but also laughing with each other too. But it isn’t my personal relationship that I want to talk about, it was her support of my art. Although I  am sure that she questioned her daughter about marrying an artist, with that being such a solid career choice.

My mother-in-law supported my efforts from day one, she became a catalyst for my career. She was always one of the first people to purchase a new print as well as adding a few originals to her collection. Yes I know a family member buying your art isn't the same as a stranger buying a piece but when you walk through the halls of her house my work was almost on every wall. Honestly that always made me feel uncomfortable at family gatherings. She even bought my art to give as gifts to family and friends and it is because of this that I am writing this...
I was returning a dish to a neighbors house that was across the street from my mother-in-laws house and as I was talking to her I noticed a drawing on a tabletop easel in her foyer. Proudly set up to be the first thing you see as you come into the house. I of course did a double take at the drawing and the neighbor noticed and said as she looked at it, “She was so proud of you and always talked about her son-in-law the artist.”
Having a family member own so many of my pieces of art has never meant so much to me as right now because I know I never expressed the proper amount of gratitude to her for being such a strong supporter of my art.

I would like to revisit one of my older paintings that I actually named after her, she had this beautiful planter in the back yard that was just asking to be painted so I of course found a bird  and popped it into the composition and created “Joan’s Garden (Tufted Titmouse).” Such a simple piece for a truly wonderful person.


"Joan's Garden (Tufted Titmouse)"
Oil, 12 x 8

"That always seemed to be the most critical test that a child was confronted with - loss of parents, loss of direction, loss of love. Can you live without a mother and a father?"
                   -Maurice Sendak


     

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"Custodian" selected for Birds in Art 2013



“Birds in Art 2013”
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Wausau, Wisconsin
September 7–November 10, 2013


"Custodian (Ruppell’s Vulture)"
Graphite Pencil on Arches #300 watercolor paper
10 x 17

Robert is extremely honored to announce that his drawing “Custodian (Ruppell’s Vulture)" has been selected to appear at the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’sBirds in Art” 2013 exhibition. The exhibit will run from September 7–November 10, 2013, at Wausau, Wisconsin, museum.

Organized annually since 1976 by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, “Birds in Art” presents the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Each year, a jury selects approximately 100 works to take part in the exhibit. This year, 605 artists from around the world submitted 974 pieces of art. Robert is one of 94 juried artists selected for the exhibit; the show will also include the work of nearly 20 master wildlife artists. This year’s new master artist is fellow artist, mentor and friend Terry Miller, a master in graphite pencil and composition.
“Some would call this an ugly bird,” Robert said of his selected piece. “I see a majestic bird, a bird perched on its throne, a king looking out upon its vast lands. Although it’s not a kingdom that many would want to reign over, its kingdom is that of the custodian. They maintain order by keeping things clean.
During his 2012 visit to Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, Africa, Robert took a game drive near Silale Swamp. “We drove that day through two heavy rains and had just broken through the rain front and were coming down the backside of a hill near the swamp when I saw a large bird perched in a dead acacia tree,” he said.
“At this point in the day, it’s quiet. There aren’t many animals out, and trees are sparse around the swamp. But there was this Ruppell’s Vulture just perched elegantly in the upper branches of the barren tree. The backend of the rain clouds gave the sky a light even tone that stretched across the backdrop of the vulture and its throne. It just seemed like such a powerful setting for what can be perceived as such an unwanted position, king or custodian.”
This drawing will also be featured in Robert’s upcoming instructional book, “Draw Realistic Animals: Wildlife, Pets & More,” published by North Light Books and slated for release in June 2014.

For more information about the exhibition or Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, please visit them online at lywam.org.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

“Kutokua Na Hatia” selected for Art and the Animal


I am very honored to announce that my new drawing “Kutokua Na Hatia (Colobus Monkey)” has been selected for the prestigious Society of Animal Artists exhibition, Art and the Animal.

“Art and the Animal”
53rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists
Bennington Center for the Arts
Bennington, Vermont
August 31 - October 31, 2013
Graphite Pencil on Arches #300 watercolor paper
15 x 6

Robert’s drawing “Kutokua Na Hatia (Colobus Monkey)” has been selected to appear at the Society of Animal Artists exhibition “Art and the Animal,” August 31 through October 31, 2013, at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont.

This is the society’s 53rd annual exhibition of the world’s best wildlife artists. The jury this year had the overwhelming task of selecting from 374 submissions by 234 artists.

The Bennington Center for the Arts brings world-class fine art, history and theatre to the residents and visitors of Southwestern Vermont. The center’s permanent art collection, sales exhibitions, live theatre and exhibits within the Covered Bridge Museum are available throughout the year.

Inspired by his 2012 African safari, “Kutokua Na Hatia,” in Swahili, roughly translates to “innocence/free of guilt.” Robert spent the last day of his travels in Arusha National Park, which boasts many different animals than those he observed in the earlier part of his trip in Tarangire. The park’s habitat is almost jungle-like.

“I entered the park knowing that it served as home to black-and-white colobus monkeys, and I will admit I was really hoping that I would have the chance to see them,” he said.

Arusha National Park lies on the side of Mount Meru, an active volcano. As Robert and his guide made their way up the edge of the crater wall, they could see Mount Kilimanjaro through the tree canopy and just around a bend in the path, they spotted a grouping of colobus monkeys. The dense trees made it tricky for Robert to capture reference material but on his way down from the crater, he caught a glimpse of white.

“My guide, Jeremy, very excitedly turned to me and said something in Swahili and pointed up at the monkeys,” Robert said. “Even though I had been in the country for more than a week at this point and I felt like I was getting a grasp on the language, I had no idea what he said but I looked up and saw this little innocent face looking down at us. Baby colobus monkeys, I learned, are born with pure white fur but don't stay that way for long so I was extremely fortunate to have seen this little guy.”

This drawing will also be featured in Robert’s upcoming instructional book, “Draw Realistic Animals: Wildlife, Pets & More,” published by North Light Books and slated for release in June 2014.

For more information about the exhibition or the Society of Animal Artists please visit them online at societyofanimalartists.com.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lion goes to Vermont



"Margin (Lioness)" travels to Bennington, Vermont


Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII
Bennington Center for the Arts
Bennington, Vermont
June 15 - August 25, 2013


Graphite Pencil on Arches #300 watercolor paper
5 x 19

Robert's drawing "Margin (Lioness)" has been selected to appear at the 2013 Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibitions, June 15 through August 25, 2013, in Bennington, Vermont.

The Bennington Center for the Arts brings world-class fine art, history and theatre to the residents and visitors of Southwestern Vermont. The center's permanent art collection, sales exhibitions, live theatre and exhibits within the Covered Bridge Museum are available throughout the year.

Considered one of the most prestigious wildlife exhibitions in the country, this year's Art of the Animal Kingdom features 65 pieces of art. Carel Brest van Kempen is this year's special guest artist and juror of the exhibition.

I had to travel halfway around the world to find "margin" and realize that I was missing it. 
On November 7, 2012, I was on a game drive in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, Africa, with my friend and fellow artist James Gary Hines, a photographer, when we crossed paths with two female lions. What a wonderful sight! These were the first lions that I had seen in the wild. We were driving on the outlying area, the margin, of Silale Swamp, which doesn't look like a swamp at all, when we saw one lion off to our left and another on our right. The one on the right was sitting up looking at the other lion, and you could sense that she wanted to cross the road and go to her mother or sister down in the tall grasses under an umbrella acacia tree.
With my camera ready, I sat back and waited for her to cross the road. What an amazing sight; she strolled out across the dirt road and into the tall grasses, and with every step, I could see every muscle flex as she glided into the tall grass. I was amazed by how well she blended into the grass, the lightness of her fur blending into the stalks. This is what I wanted to capture in my drawing, how, moving ever so silently in the grass, the lion became part of her environment. 
When I returned from Africa, friends would ask, "So, how was it?" I had the hardest time explaining how great my trip to Africa was. I couldn't put exactly what I experienced besides the obvious into words. What I found out later was that I experienced "margin," the parts of the day that nothing else is planned for (we used to call this spare time). I had time to visit with friends, linger over dinner, look off into the distance with nothing else more important on my mind other than taking in the scene before me. I drew this piece to remind me that margin in your life is important, and that we should guard that precious time with friends and family, long dinner conversations and those moments of taking in the landscapes in front of us.

This drawing will also be featured in Robert's upcoming instructional book "Draw Realistic Animals: Wildlife, Pets & More," published by North Light Books and slated for release in June 2014.

For more information about the exhibition or the Bennington Center for the Arts please call them at 802.442.7158 or visit them online at www.thebennington.org.

 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thirty Three, Part 1

A conservation project in the making...

Over the last two weeks I have been working with a producer to create a unique video for a project that I hope will raise $1650 for African Wildlife Trust to help in the anti-poaching campaign for elephants. Below is our "test" video of my current piece on the drawing board, "Three Camels." We still have some issues to resolve especially a consistent light source which means I will probably have to block my window for the duration of this project but it for a good cause.

video


This project will raise $1650  through  the sale of a special Conservation Limited Edition print and DVD package that my producer and myself are collaborating on. I will have more details coming out in the next two-three weeks but to give you a bit of the idea behind this, there will be only 33 prints. Through this campaign I personally hope to raise $1650 and then have a call to action that will raise an additional $1650 in contributions to AWT that will total $3300. This represents the 33 elephants a day that are killed in Tanzania along.

   

Thursday, March 21, 2013

In return and he said a lion.


November 7, 2012
Two lions spotted at Silale
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa
Field Sketch

Another field sketch drawn while in Africa, I delivered this to one of my collectors just a few weeks ago.



I drew this little sketch back in my tent the night after we had the fortune of seeing two female lions on the edge of Silale swamp which doesn't look like a swamp. This sketch was the "warm up" for my drawing "Margin (Lion)" (I'll post about this drawing later). The collector who received this was extremely gracious enough to lend me his very nice camera body for my adventure in Africa, I asked him what I could give him in return and he said a lion. Well I of course couldn't bring a lion home but I could create a sketch of what I saw, two magnificent lions in the tall grasses of Africa.

My collector was pleasantly surprised and asked if he could lend me his camera for my next adventure.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

How Fantastic?


To a friend who loves cats!

I had the honor and privilege last night to have dinner with a collector of my art who is also a very dear friend and present her with this field sketch from Africa. She was caught completely off guard because she had no idea that she was getting the sketch. I thought it was the least I could do since she has supported me over these many years not just with adding a few of my pieces to her collection but by telling me again and again that my work was good enough even when I thought different.



This sketch was drawn in my tent the second night after I had the great fortune to have seen two female lions just on the rim of Silale swamp  which doesn't really look like a swamp. After another great day of game drives, a fantastic sunset by the fire pit with a glass of wine at Kikoti Camp and a superb dinner I went back to my tent to do a little sketching. The funny part about this little story was that I was awoken early in the morning, 4:30am, by a very loud running, pouncing sound followed by a great roar! I don’t know if it was a lion or not but how fantastic was it to have heard such a sound!?!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Drawing of a dog needed!!!

Commission wanted!




I just received word from my editor that they are looking for one more drawing for my book titled “Draw Realistic Animals; Wildlife, Pets & More.” This book is being released in June 2014 and each drawing will be demonstrated in the book step by step.

What I am I looking for is a portrait type piece to draw of a Dog with medium to long hair. If you in the Richmond, Virginia area we can do a quick photo shoot with your dog, if you do not live in the Richmond area then a very good reference photo will be required. The image will need to be clear and have very good lighting, it must have shadows.

The drawing will be roughly around 6 x 9 on Arches 300# watercolor paper as all of my drawings are with the same level of finish as you seen in my other work. I will give a 10% discount from my commission price of the drawing as well as your drawing being featured in the book as a demo.

If you are interested in having a commission of your dog created, having that drawing featured in the up coming book then please contact me as soon as possible. I need to move on this within the next two weeks. You of course will receive a free autographed copy of the book!

Please email me with your interest at robert@rlcaldwell.com

A recently finished drawing that will be featured in the book....


"Kikoti Askari Siku (Red-headed Agama)"
Graphite Pencil on Arches 300# watercolor paper
11 x 7



Monday, March 4, 2013

Been buried under graphite dust!


I apologize for not posting in awhile but I have been working long hours in the studio on an up coming book project. Here is a work in progress image of the current drawing on my drafting table, a Red-headed Agama Lizard.

More Soon....


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

300 Zebras!

A Collector's sketch...

"Zebras at Kikoti Watering Hole"
Graphite Pencil on Arches 300# Watercolor paper
4 x 6

This is one of the sketches that I did while I was in Africa for a collector who commissioned a painting from me on my return. Each collector who commissioned a painting or drawing based on my adventure receives a sketch that was drawn while I was in Africa.

As the title suggests these are Zebra's that I had the fortune of seeing just outside of Kikoti camp at the watering hole. As we came out of camp in the Land Cruiser we saw flashes of black & white over by the watering hole and stopped to see what we could see. In the hour that we stayed there we must have witnessed over 300 Zebras come and go from this watering hole, just amazing!