LISA MALTBY
LONDON BASED ILLUSTRATOR & LETTERING ARTIST

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Herd of Sheffield Elephant Commission

illustrated elephant

Big things often have small beginnings.

 

elephant in progress

I was delighted to be commissioned to paint this huge elephant which was part of a sculpture trail to help raise money for The Children's Hospital Charity in Sheffield. Many artists were also commissioned to paint elephants too and at the end of the trail they were auctioned off to raise more vital funds for the hospital.

After trying to think of how I would tackle such a big project, I was struck by the idea of how big things often seem daunting until small steps are taken. I wanted my elephant to be made up of lots of little elephants to convey the message that small things should not be overlooked because they can be part of a much bigger picture. My elephant is an encouragement to both children and anyone who's ever felt small that they still have incredible potential to do 'big' things.

herd of sheffield elephant
Herd of Sheffield elephant
herd of sheffield elephant
Illustrated elephant

My elephant was displayed at the botanical gardens in Sheffield and was part of a trail of elephants that people could find across the city. You can read about the process behind my elephant here: http://www.lisamaltby.com/blog/herdofsheffield. My elephant sold for £7,600 at auction and a total of £410,600 was raised for the charity at the auction. You can find out more at:  www.herdofsheffield.com.