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It’s All Happening at the Zoo—Everyday

See the full post for details.


Direct Sketching with Pen and Ink: Drawing Birds and Animals from Life—Another Look

See the full post for details and another drawing from the March 6 Como Zoo trip.


Coming Back to Como after My Accident: Become Students of Your Own Process

I go to the zoo to try to reconnect with my brain.


Return to the Zoo: Balance Regained with a Private Sketch Out

Remembering to breathe.


Penguin Study on Blue Magnani Pescia

More Stabilo Tone sketching.


It’s All Happening at the Zoo

I make a one-hour sketch stop at the Como Zoo.

The Best Laid Plans…

No dogs, so I ran over to the Zoo to sketch!


When Is the Best Part of Your Life Going to Begin?

Iconoclasts TV series—when is the best part of your life about to begin?


Mining Sketchbooks for Inspiration (Again)


Above: This is a cropped portion from a page spread I did during the recent SketchCrawl. The bottom right hand corner is the penguin sketch I'm interested in. It was the last penguin sketch of the day and the most successful, and I was sad that I'd run out of space on the spread, but the sketch was to have life in another way too. This sketch was made with a Staedtler Pigment Liner and Schmincke gouache, in a journal I made with Nideggen paper. Read about it below. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Regular visitors to the blog will remember that for SketchCrawl on the 11th I went with a group of sketchers to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. (If you would like to see all my pages from this SketchCrawl they are posted at Twin Cities Sketchers.) I focused on the animals, which is typical for me. The above image is a sketch I made while at the zoo. There was one very sick looking penguin and he was standing still, so I sketched him.

090411BPuffPen Left: the entire page spread can be viewed by clicking on this image. The journal is approximately 6.5 x 9 inches. The top half of the page spread was used for puffin sketches. I then moved on to look at the pengiuns and those sketches are on the bottom portion of the spread beneath the dashed line.

When I am out sketching at the zoo I'm not worried about trying to get a finished painting of an animal or bird, I'm just trying to notice things about whatever it is that I'm sketching. I believe that everything I notice will be useful to me later when I try to make paintings of any of the animals or birds. I didn't have any plans to do a painting of a penguin anytime soon, but that very day these sketches were useful to me when it came time to do the next entry for my International Fake Journal Month journal.

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