Understanding Inuit Animals

As an Illustrator, when I want to learn about something, I understand more if I try to draw it and look at the visual sense of what it is or how it works. For example, here’s a quick sketch related to my last blog post – about how the Caribou is used for many different purposes, and hardly any part of the hunted down animal is wasted:

caribou to sinew

A caribou being hunted, cut into strips, and taken apart for food, making weapons, making clothes, and shelter.

So the last couple of months I’ve been settling in to a new studio space to spread out my drawings, read up on the way of life for Inuit people as communities, and their individual roles….and drawing animals that are part of their survival!

polar bear

Polar bear studies and sketches using ink, fountain pen and brush washes.

great diving bird

Great Diving Bird sitting in water (Sketch in black ink and water washes)


ek a luk

An ink study of a school of fish or ‘Ek a luk’ in Inuit language


Study of a ‘Tuktoo’ or Caribou

black swan

Ink study of a Black Swan

I’m beginning to draw upon ideas brought up in my last planning meeting with the museum – what message is strong that comes through from my research and relating to the objects in the museum’s collection – and how it all fits together into an exciting exhibition for you all. More to be revealed soon…

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