The Down on the Farm Studio

by the Ford Family

The Elephants Dance Digital Painting – World Elephant Day 2018

The Elephants Dance Digital Painting – World Elephant Day 2018

“They were standing head to head, or walking to and fro across the ground in couples, or rocking and swaying all by themselves– scores and scores of elephants.”

“And at that last wild yell the whole line flung up their trunks till the tips touched their foreheads, and broke out into the full salute–the crashing trumpet-peal that only the Viceroy of India hears, the Salaamut of the Keddah.

But it was all for the sake of Little Toomai, who had seen what never man had seen before–the dance of the elephants at night and alone in the heart of the Garo hills!”*

“The Elephants Dance” illustration was painted in Adobe Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq 13HD with its Pro Pen for World Elephant Day 2018 and is part of the “Starlight Safari Collection”. The scene, featuring a cow elephant and her calf dance, hold trunks, amidst an elephant gathering, was inspired by “Toomai of the Elephants” from “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.

Doesn’t a moonlit adventure into an elephants’ ballroom sounds like a grand sight to see? ;0)

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*Excerpts from “Toomai of the Elephants” by Rudyard Kipling

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Watch the painting process in a video with music on our YouTube Channel:

(Video is sped-up in a timelapse to show the full painting in a fraction of the time.)

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Supplies used to create this piece:

Adobe Photoshop

Favorite and Essential Digital Drawing Pen and Display, which was used to paint this illustration (and used for just about everything on the computer):
Wacom Cintiq 13HD Pen Display with its Pro Pen:

Since mine is an older model here is a Newer version Wacom Cintiq 13:

Our own custom Photoshop brushes as well as a few brushes from Aaron Blaise over at