Orela Vokes

Category: animals

Goat (LBoS)

lbosgoat12Finally, a new image on here, even though it’s actually one I did at the end of last year. This is the cover for Last Box of Sparklers’ EP Stage Fright, Summer Night, featuring a gorgeous goat I met in New Zealand.


Lion – Last Box of Sparklers

Another music-related post – this time the cover art for the heart-breakingly beautiful Lion EP from Last Box of Sparklers. You can listen to it on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/3udJrWT86gBUBBnSULeIjj) and Bandcamp (http://lastboxofsparklers.bandcamp.com/album/lion), and I really recommend that you do!

Lion - LBoS

Work, work, work

Here’s some work-in-progress, and a few photos of the other things that are keeping me busy: There’s uni work; lots of reading and thinking and writing (usually with my study-buddy-bunny for company). Then there’s what I call work-work, my job, which is made immensely more enjoyable by sunny lunchbreaks with pretty views. And occasionally, there’s housework, which is not so bad when it includes making blueberry muffins!


Woolf Bunny

Lunch view

Blueberry muffin mix

I am Woman

…Hear me roar! (Yes, I know this is a male lion, but they have such beautiful manes!)

Lion sketch

Saturday Sketching

I decided to continue this marvelous weekend I’m having by enjoying a few glasses of wine and sketching some of the animals I met in New Zealand. I started with these alpacas who had recently been sheared and were totally adorable.

Alpaca sketch

Happy New…Zealand!

A few days ago I returned to Sweden from New Zealand, where I spent three weeks visiting my sister and her family. I watched breathtaking sunsets, felt a storm howling around me, gazed in wonder at the night sky, was bitten by a hedgehog, pecked by an ostrich, saw giraffes and monkeys, petted alpacas and goats, was entertained by my niece’s tall tales and dances, and charmed by my nephew’s smiles. I  swam in the sea on Christmas day, found masses of beautiful shells, drank loads of coffee and red wine, and ate the most delicious seafood.

Here’s hoping that 2015 brings even more joyful times. Happy New Year!

Waiheke from plane window

“Before the Breakdown”

A little while ago I posted that I was up to something exciting. That thing was an EP cover for the Swedish band Sun & The Rain Men, which I made with a mixture of painting and Photoshop. Here it is! (Sun & The Rain Men – Before The Breakdown)

Before the Breakdown - Sun + the Rain Men

Alces Alces

Today I’ve been feeling a bit too Autumn-y so I decided to chill out with some lovely music and my art stuff. I finished painting this solitary creature; one as exotic to me as a lion or tiger, but unlike those, one that I’ve actually seen in the wild. I thought I’d share this passage from Wikipedia as it’s the kind of thing I’ve been learning in my English language history course:

Alces alces, is always called a “moose” in American English but sometimes called an “elk” in British English. That same word “elk,” as used by a North American, means a completely different and only somewhat related animal, Cervus canadensis (wapiti).The word “elk” originated from Proto-Germanic languages, from which Old English evolved. The British English word “elk” has cognates in other Indo-European languages, for example elg in Danish/Norwegian; älg in Swedish; Elch in German; and łoś in Polish (Latin alcēalcē or alcēs and Greek ἅλκη álkē are probably Germanic loanwords). In the continental-European languages, these forms of the word “elk” almost always refer to the animal called moose.”

Fascinating stuff!

Alces Alces

Death Songs (Part Two)

Here’s the finished cover for the Last Box of Sparklers album (which you can listen to here http://lastboxofsparklers.bandcamp.com/album/death-songs-part-two and here Last Box of Sparklers – Death Songs (Part Two)).

Death Songs (Part Two)

Only Sleeping

Today I’m working on an album cover for Last Box of Sparklers, which involves a watercolour painting of a dead bluebird and lots of Photoshop lettering. Drawing dead birds is a pretty miserable activity so I’m trying to believe that they’re only sleeping. Despite the fact that I’m using internet references rather than drawing from ‘life’, my mind is still flooded with memories of all the fragile baby chickens and pigeons and starlings that I’ve met over the years. Only Sleeping