2013, fine liner pen and digital media
This image of a badger was mainlyinspired by the media surrounding the controversial badger cull taking part in the UK in 2013 onwards. Badgers are secretive, shy and nocturnal animals that live in sets, usually in the countryside. Unfortunately they have been linked to the spread of bovine TB in the UK and the government have legally allowed a controlled a cull of badgers in order to control it. It has been scientifically proven that the proposed cull will not significantly effect the number of cattle contracting the disease, so will therefore be a cruel and pointless exercise.
The process of drawing this piece and capturing the short and long coarse fur was labour of love as eventually it was decided that every hair had to be solidly drawn in order to achieve the desired effect.