A drawing I did in 2011 as a birthday gift for my boyfriend who loves thylacines! I tried to make the drawing as accurate as possible, since accurate drawings of them are kind of hard to come by.
(One of the main things I’ve noticed is that the tail has very short fur, making it a bit shiny, with a little brush of hair on the tip. The way the contrast is increased on most publications of old photos makes the bony structure on the tail easily misinterpreted as stripes. In comparison, check out this 1902 painting by Joseph Gleeson which was referenced from living thylacines shortly after their arrival at a zoo.)
We’ve collected a large collection of references over the years and there’s an excellent German book on them that even includes stuff like graphs of the fur directions. Luckily I can read German!
The original has pretty faint colors because I used a box of cheap pencils from my childhood, so on the scan I pumped up the contrast quite a bit. I don’t remember for sure but I believe I traced the drawing onto the grey cardboard by covering the back of the sketch with white pencil and then tracing over the sketch by pressing the pencil very hard, like inverted carbon paper.
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