Dürer’s whimsical rhinoceros

I recently completed a drawing that was a response to a Sketchbook Skool challenge to copy some artwork by an artist that I admired. I chose Albrecht Dürer because I really like the animals that he has drawn like his hare, walrus and this rhinoceros. I’m pretty sure that being whimsical was not his intent when he drew this five hundred years ago in 1515, as that characteristic doesn’t seem to have been a usual description of artwork at the time. However, when I worked on it and was trying to carefully copy what he did, it felt very similar to making a zentangle. Once the main shape of the rhinoceros was draw, working on each smaller section and its pattern was meditative. It did take a long time to finish this rhino, but it was a lot of fun to do and very satisfying to see progress.

One of the interesting bits about this piece was in changing Dürer’s monogram from ‘AD’ to my ‘AT’. It turns out that my father, Alar, 65 years ago or so, when in school was playing with a Dürer’s picture and did the same thing with the monogram. My daughter Aidan, when I told her that story about her grandfather, announced that she did the same thing when she was copying a Dürer drawing. Great minds think alike!

Dürer's Rhinoceros

Dürer’s Rhinoceros

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About atoomre

i am an avid sketchbook artist. I love drawing and adding things into a sketchbook. I usually have one with me at all times. I love my pets, languages, food, travel, color, chocolate, textiles, quilts, making things, and craftsmanship... just to name a few things.

One comment

  1. Joyce Toomre

    Dear Anya,

    What an interesting piece you wrote to accompany your presentation of the rhino!

    Nice talking with you today. I hope Aidan feels better soon, and please thank Peter again for his help. He really is such a kind and helpful individual.

    Much love, Mom

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