Wildlife Sketches - Limited Edition Prints by David Dancey-Wood

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What or who inspired to draw endangered species?
When I was young I had a fascination for nature, this has grown with me throughout my life. I particularly became interested in endangered species when I started to notice from first hand experience that the survival of some species was becoming perilously close to extinction. I have never been arrogant enough to think that I can change things myself but even if I have brought this to the attention of just a handful of people I feel I am helping to do my part.
How did you get started?
I started drawing at an early age and with much support and encouragement I just kept going.
Where in the world would you most like to go to research possible subjects?
Anywhere in South and Central America but if I were to pick out a particular destination it would without doubt be Madagascar . This country has so much to offer. But with the increasing destruction of its environment who knows how much longer this will be the case.
How long does it take you to complete your drawing?
This is the question I am most asked and to be honest I am never quite sure how people want me to answer this. The truth is, it varies on so many depending factors, from motivation to workload and the subject matter. Drawings take anything from a day to a couple of months.
Which materials do you prefer to use for your drawings?
Fine Italian papers combined with the best German pencils.
Do you ever paint your subjects?
Yes.
How do you manage to keep the unused parts of a drawing so clean?
With great discipline, and very clean hands.
Do you listen to music while you work?
I love movie scores as they are the perfect companion to long drawings and the music often tells a story. My favorite composers are Michael Nyman, Yann tiersan and James Newton Howard. I also listen to a lot of historical audio books. Are there any extinct creatures would you most have liked to see, draw? I would have love to have seen a Thylacine the Tasmanian wolf.
Why do you get so much satisfaction from drawing reptiles?
Quite a lot. Drawing reptiles is very much like drawing a geometrical puzzle. It is very painstaking and must be done correctly to achieve the right results.
Have you ever been unable to draw a specific species to your satisfaction?
Elephants are difficult as they take so long with the build up of layers, it is a bit like painting with watercolors.
Which background on all of your prints has been the hardest to achieve realism?
With all backgrounds a level of realism is extremely hard to achieve, particularly using a pencil. I am always striving to try and create something better so I am not sure I can say I am pleased with any of them, they can always be better.
Which of all your prints gives you the greatest satisfaction?
A Mothers Touch.
Will you be producing a sequel to Pencils, Patience and Primates and if so, what will the theme
Yes and most of it has already been written. It is called ĎJungles Jaguars and Drawingsí. The book will focus on the years after P,P,P finished and is kind of a travelogue. There are more drawings in the new book and in my opinion it is by far a better collection.
What do you think the future holds for the animals you draw?
It is all looking pretty bleak to be honest. On a positive note I am aware of some fantastic work being done in the field by some incredibly dedicated people. Long may this continue and I hope the results will inspire others to support or follow in their footsteps. The most unfortunate problem I think has yet to be addressed is that of world population. Until this issue is directly tackled it will be very difficult for any conservation and environmental projects to work long term. While populati
Do you have a favourite drawing of yours?
Brave New World and Queen of the Congo (Okapi).
Do you have any pets?
I used to have lots but that is another story. I currently only have an old moggy called Murphy and a very old Carolina Box Turtle called Pudding.
Would you like your sons to follow in your footsteps.
No they should get real jobs. Joking aside I donít care what they do as long as they are happy. It would be nice if they could live out their dreams but this can be a tough task with the current state of the international economic climate. If you hadnít been an artist what would you have liked to have done? I find this quite a tough question to answer because I donít believe you can truly know what a job is like until you are deeply immersed in it. I am always frightened that the interests I
When and where will your next exhibition be?
Who knows youíll have to wait and see but Iíll keep you all posted.

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