On The Rails by Ben StevensonRegular price £100.00
Title: On The Rails by Ben Stevenson
Type: Original / Limited Edition Print / Framed / Unframed
Often seen in our gardens and surrounds, squirrels are adorable, curious, and fun, taking on many roles – acrobat, bandit, gardener, trickster and more. They can leap 10 times their body length and turn angles 180 degrees to face any direction when climbing. They are not shy in the daytime meaning they are one of the British mammals that we actually get to see. Not everyone is a fan of course but they are pretty special!
In Greek the word squirrel means ‘shadow tail’ which I love and considered calling this picture. The squirrel uses its tails for balance as well as acting as a parachute when jumping or falling. Of course, the most iconic behaviours of squirrels is storing nuts and acorns for the winter; however 25% of these are taken by other squirrels and birds and so squirrels will pretend to hide a nut to throw off potential thieves! Lots of the buried nuts don’t get dug up and so result in more trees – go squirrels; nature’s tree planters!
Layers of graphite pencil building depth and texture with use of a fine and soft brush which adds subtle tonal changes. The background is added using layers graphite powder applied with cotton wool and a brush. This detailed approach in over 50hrs of work results in a modern, crisp and highly detailed finish. Credit for photo reference: Matt Gould