Nora has a science background and two degrees (B.A. / M.S.) in geography/GIS, but has recently retired from her high-tech career to pursue Science Illustration. She has yet to find subject matter she does not enjoy portraying, but she especially enjoys getting the intricate details of wildlife and botanicals right.
Colored pencil on three layers of drafting film, Photoshop
14" x 11"
Warthogs have a rather graceful and bouncy gait, but because of their disproportionately large heads, short necks, small bodies and long legs, it is difficult for them to get their heads down to the ground to graze. Warthogs have adapted specialized wrist callosities that allow them to “kneel” on their wrists to lower their heads to feed. This rendering is a good example of highly technical illustration that explains a unique feeding adaptation.
Some say the devil is in the details, but I say that’s where the beauty lies.