Alphabet Sketches by Andrew Pledge

Amur tiger, Buffalo, Chimpanzee… David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is delighted to announce, Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020, Andrew Pledge, is sketching animals in alphabetical order in aid of endangered wildlife.

“As beneficial as practising my sketching will be for my development as an artist, rather than them just sitting in my sketch pad, I am hoping that DSWF can make use of them to continue their ever-important work in wildlife conservation,” says Andrew.

Each week Andrew will create two new A3-size sketches inspired by an animal beginning with the next letter of the alphabet.

These intricate artworks will be made available for £100 in our online shop, with 100% of the proceeds, after postage and packaging, going towards DSWF’s vital conservation work protecting endangered species across Africa and Asia.

His detailed sketches will be routinely added to the shop every Thursday and Monday and promoted via DSWF’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Please do keep an eye out across our social media channels to avoid disappointment.

“I chose to sketch my way through the alphabet primarily to force myself to work on species that I might not normally have taken on. It’s so easy to just use the subjects you are comfortable with,” says Andrew

Andrew tends to focus on unusual birdlife, like cormorants and ground-hornbills, and where others see imperfections, he sees splendour and intricacy.

In May 2020, Andrew Pledge was crowned Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 for his astonishingly detailed artwork, ‘Wood Stork’ created from oils and gold leaf. Andrew won this prestigious competition having only recently decided to become a full-time artist. He was previously an architectural model maker.