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Above: First spread in first journal of the year. Roughly 7 x 9 inches, paper to be discussed later.
As is my habit, I have to draw some animals from life every New Year's Day. There is no resident animal so happily Como Zoo obliges by being open 365 days a year. Off I went with my new journal. I will have more to say about the paper for this journal, it is to be released soon.
Today I just wanted to encourage you to get out and sketch some animals.
I was using a Staedtler Pigment Liner (.3) and Daniel Smith watercolors in my mini-kids' palette for both of these. It was a cold day and I worked mostly inside the buildings. I did venture out to watch the Bison and the Arctic Fox. And there are some new bears staying at the zoo for a short while.
Seeing the puffins up close and personal on the first day of the new year not only made me smile, they reminded me to breathe. That's always a good reminder on the first day of the year.
Note: The first journal of 2012 is the left-most journal in the batch from December 2011. The one with the beige fabric and the orange and blue splattered decorative paper.