otters – shetland

otters – shetland

We had 2 days with good viewings of otters. The first looking for them on the falling tide on Fetlar. My sketching falling apart with the excitement of seeing them. There is a shape shifting aspect to the otter, changing personality rapidly. So the initial struggle to hang a four legged creature on the page using an ink line is challenge enough in itself…let alone trying to capture this change in character.
With time for the images to settle I seem to then do a little better…otter - shetland - ink pen - A4 sketchbook

5670 – otter – shetland – ink pen – A4 sketchbook
I think I draw this journal type page in the campervan in the evening… and the following morning there was a new otter to practise on & by this time we were on Yell….. swimming across the bay where we’d spent the night.

otter - shetland - ink pen - A5 sketchbook

5669 – otter – shetland – ink pen – A5 sketchbook

otter - shetland - ink pen - A5 sketchbook

5668 – otter – shetland – ink pen – A5 sketchbook

otter - shetland - ink pen - A5 sketchbook

5671 – otter – shetland – ink pen – A5 sketchbook

otter - shetland - ink pen - A5 sketchbook

5674 – otter – shetland – ink pen – A5 sketchbook

My last view was of on on the west mainland, again from the campervan as it was starting to get dark. Susan wondered what the Arctic terns were all making such a fuss about, hovering over the mouth of the burn. I looked down and there was the broad backside of an otter shambling down into the sea. Disappearing and then a bobbing slicked head appearing a few yards out… free of the, clicking call, bickering bills.