Best Foot Forward


295mm x 245mm ( 11 5/8″ x 9 5/8″)

This is a signed open edition fine art print.

“One of the gang, playing in a Daphne Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage in Kenya.
Visitors are allowed to enter for an hour every day and its a delight to see these rescued youngsters recovering from trauma and enjoying life again.

What I love about Daphne Sheldricks Charity is the way they reintroduce their orphaned elephants back into the wild. It’s a shining example of how animal rescue can and should be conducted.”

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A Fine Art Wildlife Drawing by Kevin Hayler

This is a signed open edition fine art print of a baby African elephant and is reproduced from my original pencil drawing.

I am pleased to offer you this fine art pencil study of a baby elephant from Daphne Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage. It’s composed and created using strictly my own references and is the culmination of over 20 hours work

The art of my work is in the detail, every hair, fold of skin, every glint in the eye, must be perfect. It’s hard work but I’m getting there, so far it’s only taken me 40 years!

I push realistic drawing to the limits but that alone is not enough, the picture needs more:

  • The composition must work
  • Have a sense of movement
  • And atmosphere

but most importantly of all – the subject must have personality.

I endeavor to bring all these things together in every drawing so that my love for animal life and the natural world shines through.

All this means nothing if the work is not presented properly, so my promise to you is this:

1 – You will receive a premium hand signed lithographic print,
2 – I use fade-proof inks printed on 300 gms heavyweight paper,
3 – Your print will fit easily into an inexpensive ready-made frame.

After spending all my adult life drawing and developing my skills and over 20 years working full-time as a wildlife artist you can be assured that I know what I’m doing and your purchase is risk-free.


Detailed crops for baby elephant drawing


“It arrived safe and sound. My daughter is going to love it (me too!). Thanks.” Buyer: tobycatmama (ebay)

Framing Tips: If you are unsure how to frame your print why not copy this example. Remember to keep things simple. All you need is a charcoal grey or matt black frame and an off-white mount which closely matches the paper tint. For extra impact choose a black-core mount board, the black bevel will frame your picture perfectly.

If you choose to look for a ready-frame buy a 40cm x 50cm or 16″ x 20″ frame and cut the mount/matt to size with an aperture of 325mm x 278mm.

Payment: For UK customers I accept Paypal and personal cheques, and for overseas customers, I accept Paypal and bankers drafts paid in Stirling.

Shipping: I aim to dispatch all orders within 24 hours of receipt of payment. All deliveries to the UK are sent by standard Royal Mail and all overseas deliveries are sent by Royal Airmail. Special deliveries can be arranged on request. I offer combined postage discounts.

N.B. Please note that deliveries to the U.S., Canada and Australia are all subject to delays going through customs. This, unfortunately, is beyond my control. Normal delivery times are approximately 7 – 10 days but this can double so PLEASE allow plenty of time for your item to arrive.

Packaging: Open editions prints are supplied in a 2 1/2″ (60cm) diameter postal tube and limited edition prints are supplied in a 3″ (75cm) diameter postal tube. All my prints are pre-wrapped in polythene to guard against damp in transit.

Returns Policy: I offer a 100% money back guarantee. I am confident that the quality of my prints will far exceed your expectations but should you decide to return your purchase within 14 days of receipt I will refund your money in full.


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