WayBack Wednesday

Wayback Wednesday:Clumsy!

Clumsy, Copyright 1987 Elizabeth Steed Vitale

Clumsy, Copyright 1987 Elizabeth Steed Vitale

I drew this back in 1987, and possibly for my parents’ anniversary. I figure this because my dad recently gave me back a bunch of old artwork I had done for them years ago.

It is on a canvas board that has price tag on the back from “The Do-It-Yourself Shop”. I think I remember this store, but it sounds like a place I would have loved to visit.
I am guessing this scenario must be taking place in a zoo, as the sulphur-crested cockatoos in the tree are  native to Australia and New Guinea and some of the islands of Indonesia, while the ostriches (note the weird, gross knot of their necks, haha) are of course from Africa.
Even with its obvious mistakes, you can see my drawing style pretty much is set here. Although I still draw animals in a cartoon style, I do pay close attention to anatomy–how legs bend, how wings fold–and it looks as if I had a pretty clear idea even if some parts aren’t proportioned quite right.