Yesterday I went to the zoo. I used to go all of the time with my kids when they were younger and before that I worked there as a teen and young adult. I love the zoo. It is the perfect place to go practice my drawing skills. In the interest of practicing what I preach more by getting out and drawing more, I got myself a pass and plan to go as often as I can. My friend Dan and I drew a number of animals during our visit. His capacity for drawing far exceeds my own. I consider my drawings “mere” sketches.
There are meerkats now in the cat house and they watch as the people stroll by. They have great seriousness of purpose in their watchfulness.
Many animals, such as the snow leopard and the monitor lizard, could be found sleeping which makes them easier to draw. But it is also fun to try and capture them awake and moving, like this Sumatran rhinoceros. He had a mud bath, ate some leaves, and took a walk around his environment. He is still a baby to a certain extent and I think it shows in his demeanor.
So for what it’s worth, here are a few sketches from yesterday’s zoo trip. Bear in mind, they are mere sketches. I’ll post more as they gather in my sketchbook. practice, practice, practice.