Steel Rhino

Drawn as an exercise in linework and then digital colouring, this is a tribute to the iconic rhinocerous engraving by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) dated 1515.
The title comes from the name of one of the rock bands in which Borin's younger son once played drums. They performed classic rock: Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath - the first two of whom, in particular, Borin was listening to and loving at the same age as his son's involvement (14 to 17 years old) when those bands first exploded onto the scene.

Borin Van Loon: Steel Rhino mono
Durer may never have seen a rhinocerous in the flesh, so it's not too surprising that the protective carapace of the beast resembles a suit of armour. It's a natural history piece taken into an imaginative dimension, perforce.  The figure was turned around to emphasize its original source and the whole thing rendered in dip pen and ink on paper. The colour version, however, was based on a pen & ink outline drawing which was scanned and coloured in PhotoShop. We think it's bit fruity and it looked good on the limited edition white T-shirts we created.
Borin Van Loon: Steel Rhino colour

See our Album covers page for more music visuals.

Borin Van Loon: Pallette thumbMore
Back to Paintings Index
Home / Email
 2013 Copyright throughout this site belongs to Borin Van Loon