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Pencil, Animal and Wildlife Art

Ever since man first learnt to draw, animal art and animal drawings have always been desired subjects. Hidden in caves, the first drawings of animals were discovered painted on rock walls. These primitive animal drawings were simple but full of meaning.

Many thousands of years later we're still decorating our homes with beautiful paintings and drawings of animals.

Humans and animals will always share an unbreakable bond. Animals help us live and to survive, animals can be our protectors and they can also be our friends. Animals can scare, but they can also... inspire wonder.

Manyana, a drawing of a sleeping jaguar, by David Dancey-Wood

As the world entered the Middle Ages, animal drawings took on new forms and began to take on new meanings. Animals were made into religious symbols, their forms not confined to simply rock and chalk, but mosaic and canvas. As time marched on through the 16th and 17th centuries, wildlife art as we know it today started to take shape and the first wildlife artists appeared.

Black and White, a drawing of a young zebra standing beside it's mother, by David Dancey-Wood

It was in the 18th century when the graphite pencil was invented that pencil art took on a new dimension and much like their early predecessors, animal drawing and wildlife art became a fascination.

Edwin Landseer became known for his wonderful pencil drawings of horses and dogs.

French artist Edouard Manet’s drawing of ‘A cat curled up’ is currently housed in

The Met Museum in New York.

Old Man of Tunguska, a drawing of an Amur Tiger, by David Dancey-Wood

As graphite made its way around the world, the scale of wildlife art began to grow. Tiger drawings using pencil art were found in 18th century Asian monasteries, more exotic creatures from the new world were being sketched and early examples of lion drawings, elephant and baby elephant drawings were all being bought to life through wonderful sketching and pencil art.

Serenity, a drawing of a lion, by David Dancey-Wood

Which takes us up to the modern day and our website.


Not just another animal drawing artist


Inspired by what has come before and what still inspires, our website houses a wide variety of animal art and animal drawings by one of the U.K.’s finest wildlife artists David Dancey-Wood.


One of David’s passions is black and white art portraits of rare and endangered species, and like many other artists who draw animals, David tries to capture not only the beauty but also the vulnerabilities of these majestic animals.

Lemur Line Up, a pencil drawing of Ring-tailed Lemurs, by David Dancey-Wood

We have a wide array of wildlife art and prints for sale. Browse our collection of tiger drawings, lion drawings, puma drawings, snow leopard drawings and baby elephant drawings. If drawings of smaller animals are more of your thing, David also specialises in turtle drawings and other amphibians as well life’s quirkier animals as demonstrated by his love for Racoons and his cheeky racoon drawing.

Our wildlife art for sale is sold at a variety of prices and there are numerous ways you can pay.

Racoon, drawing of a racoon, by David Dancey-Wood

Each portrait tells a story


Behind every portrait comes a story, David Dancey-Wood has been lucky enough to travel the world to see some of nature’s most amazing animals in their natural habitats and has taken inspiration from this. Come and explore our animal pages and discover more about the favourite animals that David likes to draw.

Ocean Nomad, a drawing of an adult Green turtle swimming with Sergeant fish, by David Dancey-Wood

What's more you can even commission your own animal artwork!


You can ask David to draw creatures that interest and excite you, it could range from anything such as a drawing of the head of a tiger, a specific turtle drawing or another rare and endangered species.

​Collectable Limited Edition Prints and Original Drawings

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