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The Extinct Sketches

This is a recently completed series I drew that was inspired by scientific drawings and studies done in the late 1800s of exotic animals. Strange and endangered/extinct animals have always fascinated me, and I felt it fair to do a tribute to them by creating drawings dedicated to the beauty and peculiarity some of these animals possessed.

One artist in particular—Ernst Haeckel—stood high as a source of inspiration for this series. Haeckel was a remarkably talented and dedicated German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who painstakingly used color and lines to represent every portion of various organisms. His dedication inspired me to create my own tribute to these beautiful animals, many of which are no long living on this planet.

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Mutations in Plains Zebra (Equus quagga)

  1. Nicknamed Marble, this zebra has an area of small scrambled stripes on it’s back, giving it a marbled look. [x]
  2. A reconstructed quagga-like animal, it’s legs clean, and it’s rump and belly nearly free of markings. The stripes it does have are fairly narrow for a plains zebra. It’s tail and mane are much lighter, and has a faint brown wash along it’s back.[x]
  3. Two reduced striped animals, the middle with a few stray stripes on it’s rump and legs, the one on the right has a nearly all white body and legs. Both have a fewer number of facial markings as well.[x]
  4. A diluted, brown striped adult zebra. Zebra foals are born brown and white, but this one didn’t seem to lose it’s baby colors. [x]
  5. An erythristic, gingery-brown striped beauty. [x]
  6. Blonde is a term applied to leucistic zebras. Albino is sometimes used for the really light animals, like this blue eyed and creamy tan striped one, however I keep reading that true albinism has not been recorded in equines, so I’m hesitant to use that term.[x]
  7. This abundistic has stripes that thicken and meld together on it’s back and neck, forming white spots.[x]
  8. Dotted and dashed with white on a black background, this heavily abundistic zebra has a very unique and striking look.[x]
  9. The back of this abundistic Burchell’s (E.q. burchellii) is so densely marked, it’s a nearly solid blanket of color ticked with a bit of white. The rest of it’s stripes and brown shadow stripes are jagged and messy.[x
  10. Unfortunately, without the help of the naturally camouflaged striped coat, this extremely dark abundistic foal was an easier target for predators and didn’t make it into adulthood. Still in it’s dark brown baby coat, it probably would look very similar to number 8 but with a darker face, smaller spots, and wider white stripes on it’s rump.[x]

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