Charming elephant puts Beach artist in contest final

The trickiest part of drawing an elephant, says 11-year-old Beach artist Ella Cochrane, is the shape of their legs.

India and Ella Cochrane
Ella Cochrane, right, and her sister India hold up a poster of Ella’s elephant design for a CHARM IT! charm bracelet contest at Mastermind Toys.
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

But from trunk to tail, the elephant design she drew for a CHARM IT! charm bracelet contest looks spot on. Contest judges selected Ella’s design as one of 36 finalists, 13 of which will actually be made into charms when the winners are announced on May 15.

“My favourite animal is an elephant, and it’s supposed to be an Indian elephant because my sister’s name is India,” Ella says, adding that she looked up photos of Indian elephants in traditional dress to make the drawing.

Ella also gave kudos to her teacher Sarah at the Leslieville School of Art for sharing some great tips on drawing her favourite animal. “I thought it was really cool because she spent a lot of time teaching me,” she said.

To see the contest winners, visit on May 15.

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