North American Bison - (Copyright Craig Bertram Smith-2010)
Initially I had planned to follow through to a full colour painting with this pencil study, but, in the end, I was in two minds. I always thought that it just worked so well as a pencil piece on its own, and so the original drawing and gicle canvas prints have now been made available.
Ever since I was a young boy, Bison fascinated me - the large woolly buffalo of the North American plains! They just seemed prehistoric, as if they could be imagined roaming the icy plains with other creatures like mammoths and sabre-tooths! Almost hunted to extinction in the late 1800's, with only a few hundred remaining, my impression of the American buffalo was almost fated to become the same as those prehistoric animals! Thankfully they were saved and protected and have made a come-back, roaming in good numbers free from hunting and is now a treasured icon.