Saturday, August 31, 2013

Back from the Beach

    Just got back from a healthy break away from computers, to do lists, and stressful work.  It's my first time to the beach for a vacation since 2008, which is really insane when I think about it.  I only live ten minutes from the coast.  And just as last time I took way too many drawing pads and pencils, which sat alone and neatly packaged most of the time as I enjoyed the view and went swimming.  This picture, however, had to be done!


    I woke up the third morning at the condo and stepped out on the balcony just in time for my sleepy eyes to focus on a fox running through the dunes below.  He was a terribly scrawny little fox, and he scampered along like he knew where he was going.  It didn't take him long to find a rat that was hiding safely in the sea oats directly below me.  The rodent darted to one dune, and then doubled back running about seventy yards to the east, escaping the scruffy red hunter.  It was fun over the next few days glancing down at the tracks in the sand which told the whole story, and also seeing old ones that seemed to indicate the fox was a regular to that spot.

    I did think too, that this would make a better drawing than the spinner sharks that were swimming in waist deep water around a beachgoer from Minnesota, later the same day.  It's a wild world.  Just ask a fox.

10 comments:

Stephen Anderson said...

This is a great one! I love the colors! Very stylized, yet super convincing! It's great.

Faith E. Hough said...

The picture makes me wish I could go there! Very nice.

Jason Peck said...

Hey Anthony,

Great story, and drawing. I love spotting foxes. Its rare to see one in a city, but they are around. There are allot of woods in my area, so I guess thats were they come from.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks everyone!

I remember coming across a large fox late at night in an open field several years ago. It can make you jump seeing those eyes glowing back at you in the beam of your flashlight.

Christine Piper said...

Nice drawing. It's different from your usual drawing style, but trying something new is always fun. Last year, I sketched some foxes that had decided to build a home in our neighborhood. There was this really funny episode where both a cat and a squirrel ran up my neighbor's wooden fence across the street and were balancing side by side on the top. Below them was the fox, looking up at them. It was so funny to see the cat/squirrel arch enemies sitting side by side :)

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Oh I wish I could have seen that!

So I'm not the only one who thinks foxes can be scary. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Fantastic. Absolutely full of life, this picture.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks, Ben!

Renee Michelle said...

Anthony I absolutely love your work and this piece especially! Your little fox is so charming and appealing and the colors are beautiful, I love the style!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Renee!