Artist’s Doodles Make Wild Animals Look Like They Belong in a Children’s Book
With his playful doodles, Indian designer and illustrator Rohan Sharad Dahotre brings new life to animal photography from around the world.
Using Adobe Illustrator, Dahotre creates intricate patterns and textures found in nature, adding fascinating silhouettes over animal and bird images found on Google.
The series, titled “Animal Doodles,” started out as a casual experiment, Dahotre wrote on Bored Panda, but after the popularity of his first image of a rhino, he decided to turn his imaginative work into a series.
Today, the designs include everything from an owl clad in a "feather sweater" to a friendly grizzly donning a poncho-like ensemble.
To see more of Dahotre's doodles and designs, check out his Instagram.
Dahotre makes his illustrations digitally, using patterns found in nature as his inspiration.
"One can find so many different patterns and textures in nature and especially on flora and fauna," Dahotre wrote of his work. "This project celebrates animals and birds in all their glory by bringing out the beauty of their characteristics, behavior, colors, and textures, with doodles."
The doodled works have clever names like "Leafy Camouflage" that pay homage to the detailed patterns Dahotre creates.
Most of the doodles draw inspiration from tribal patterns, with black and white line sketches turning into complex prints that make for quite the sight.
"The idea was to experiment with doodles of tribal patters...I have always found inspiration in tribal art and of late in African patterns and designs specifically," Dahotre wrote.
Dahotre would like to support causes such as wildlife awareness, conservation, and welfare through his illustrations, as he writes on his artist profile, with these doodles serving as just one example.
Besides being a fun way to showcase animals and his creative designs, Dahotre also found the series to be quite the learning experience.
"What started as a casual experiment on a bored evening as my first attempt doodling on images left me with a newfound love for animals and illustration," Dahotre wrote. "Not only was it a satisfying creative experiment, but also an enriching learning experiment."