Primal Endurance – Hyena Illustration

I’ve always been one to fall in love with things, especially animals, that most people may think are ugly or bad. Hyenas, vultures and Sphynx cats (I swear I will own one some day!) are just a few that are on that list. Somehow hearing and seeing people recoil in regards to a certain critter makes me like them even more. Go figure.


I was happy to find out that a friend of mine also has a huge love for hyenas! There are some very neat facts about hyenas, plus they can be absolutely adorable. I personally am a bit on the fence as to which species I like best, as I love the facial features of Spotted Hyenas (like seen in this blog post), but love the coat pattern of Striped Hyenas.


Primal Endurance Illustration of a Spotted Hyena done with pens
“Primal Endurance” by Danielle Trudeau. 11″ x 14″, ink on bristol paper.


That friend decided to commission me for an ink piece featuring a spotted hyena, and I must say that it was an absolute pleasure to work on. Its been awhile since I’ve gone into crazy-detail-mode with ink, I really missed it.


It measures 11″x14″, and was done on bristol paper with various pens and a bottle of India Ink. I also use a waterbrush (from Pentel I think?), and load that baby up with diluted ink for some washes. That is one of my secret weapons when it comes to working with ink. Wash wash wash away~


Angle view of a spotted hyena illustration done with pens
Angle view of “Primal Endurance”.

Although the original already has its new home, there are prints for sale on FineArtAmerica!

– Dani

June 3rd, 2015


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