I got a marker set for Christmas that I thought I'd break in (thanks Jess). I rarely if ever do marker images, but they are a fun challenge because what you put down is stayin' there. I have my friend Mike D. and Doug Chiang to look up to for improvement in this area.
Elephants ears, like a cat's tail, communicate their mood. It can be a sign of aggression and warning to take a hike when they flap their ears forward like seen above. Often times when animals do things like this, it's a way to appear bigger in order to intimidate a potential enemy.