Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Animal facts to Illustrate

I am looking to create something out of the animal observations I've been doing for the BBC wildlife Competition. Following on really from the 'Did you know illustration' I did of the woodpecker - I've collated a list of interesting animal facts that would work as a cute/funny image in an educational setting. I also found it difficult as an illustrator to paint a straight animal portrait without some narrative or knowledge of the animal coming through.

In many owls one ear is higher than the other - the higher ear is used to listen for sounds above, and the lower ear - sounds below.

A headless cockroach can survive for a couple of weeks. Its life would finally end due to starvation!

A standing 4-foot child can fit into the open mouth of a hippopotamus.

A 2 pence coin is heavier than a hummingbird!

An ostrich’s brain is smaller than its eye.

While human fingerprints are a means of their identification; the nose prints are a means of identifying dogs.

Armadillos have four babies of the same sex, at a time. They are perfect identical quadruplets.

Squirrels save our environment ! How ? Squirrels accidentally plant millions of trees, as they bury their nuts and forget where they are.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump. ( picture an elephant looking at all the animals playing with a skipping rope)

The only 2 animals which can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot. (back to back?)

A scallop has 35 eyes that are blue in color.

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