See the full post for details and another drawing from the March 6 Como Zoo trip.
This post continues the series begun last week on direct sketching with Pen and Ink. Then in Monday's post I wrote about sketching while watching Puffins. The sketch shown here is a penguin sketch that was made on the same day, after I had finished with the puffins.
Sometimes when your subject is standing in one place, and you have a sense that it will remain in that position for a significant time (with the odd nod of the head now and then) you can invest in sketching a portrait, working only on the one sketch, and bringing it up to a little more detail.
After sketching the puffins on March 6 I worked my way around the aquatic building at Como Zoo to the penguins. A group of penguins stood right near the glass in an area where viewers can also stand next to the glass. You are about 2 feet away from the penguins and because their landscape is elevated so you can also see them swimming under water, when they stand here you are pretty much eye-to-eye.
This sketch was executed in exactly the same manner I've discussed in this series, except that I only worked on one sketch and when the bird turned his head or interacted with his fellows I simply waited until he returned to this pose.
Besides taking time to get a bit more detail I also made some notes. At this point there were children milling around and I wanted to step aside to allow them a better view. I decided not to add paint to this sketch. (I have enough detail here that I'll probably attempt a painting outside my journal.)
And off I went to my next stop on my sketching trip at the zoo.