HMW5: more than just kangaroos!

Per Toni Llobet el . Categoria: Handbook of the Mammals of the World

I’ve now illustrated almost half the species for the next volume of the Handbook of the Mammals of the World, devoted to the marsupials, and so far I’ve not done any kangaroos!

tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_myrmecobiusThe marsupials are a very heterodox group and we should not think just of the classic kangaroo or the famous koala when marsupials are mentioned.

In fact, many marsupials do not live in Australia but in America and on both continents they seem to fill all the different ecological niches available to small-to-medium-size mammals in these continents’ ecosystems. When I draw these marsupials I can’t help but think that I’m just drawing shrews, mice, weasels, squirrels, moles, genets, monkeys or dormice!!

Here you have a few examples:

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_sminthopsis_longicaudata

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_monodelphis_scalops

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_planigale_ingrami

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_philander_frenatus

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_lutreolina_crassicuadata

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials__phascogale patoatafa

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_trichosurus

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_notoryctes

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_dasyurus_maculatus

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_cercatetus_nanus

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_lestodelphys_halli

  • tonillobet_wildlifeart_HMW5_marsupials_phalanger_carmelitae


One of the last seals…

Per Toni Llobet el . Categoria: Handbook of the Mammals of the World

…from the Mediterranean and from the next volume of the Handbook of the Mammals of the World. This is a pup of a Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus), an animal that has always fascinated me.

At the moment I’m finishing the final illustrations of the sea mammals for the next volume of this encyclopaedia, which include drawings of the pups of all the pinnipeds (seals and sea-lions). Some of the drawings resemble adorable stuffed toys – above all, the Arctic seals – while others are less surprising – such as the elephant seals. However, the most gorgeous of all are the pups of the threatened Mediterranean Monk Seal, delightful with their delicate shiny black skins, white bellies and such tender expressions on their faces!

Monachus © Toni Llobet

Seals © Toni Llobet

Some pups from seals, sealions, elephant seal and walrus

Around 10 years ago, a group of naturalist friends and I paddled in kayaks around the islands of the Aegean Sea in search of these seals. This is my field sketch drawn from the top of a cliff of the only seal we saw, off the coast of the island of Kimolos. One of the last such seals…

Monachus © Toni Llobet

An adult monk seal swimming on the surface between the islands of Kimolos and Milos, Greece, 2003. Drawn in the company of Ponç Feliu and Pere Renom.