Animal Doodles

Tiger:

Anteater:

Hippopotamus:

(digital)

Part One:

The Tiger, Anteater, and Hippopotamus.

Here are a few fun animal cartoons I did on Procreate during this past summer. I wanted to explore how quickly I could doodle various animals. These complex creatures simplified and easily read using limited digital brushes. Animals have always sparked my curiosity and I’m excited to draw more of them for this collection. Eventually I would love to use them all for a children’s book. My own ark, full of my favorite creatures.

Forrest Russell –@illustratedconnection

The (B)ackground

(ink, pencil, colouring pencil)

I was recently given this beautiful vintage scrap book as a gift. Every page inside was empty except for the last. It had a ripped image, a diagram of a playground with kids playing on a structure. I found it haunting, nearly sad so I decided to add to the page, an attempt to try and fill in what was missing. This page had so much character and it inspired me to keep the concept going throughout the rest of the book. So now I’m making a complete work out of it. I’ll fill in each page by taking old images and cutouts I find and finishing/editing what’s missing. I will post more and more as time passes.

Forrest Russell –@illustratedconnection.com