The girls and I loaded up and went to the Zoo today.Â We got there around 12:30pm and closed the place down! (7pm).Â A biologist, an art teacher, and a three year old at the zoo together is ALWAYS an all day affair.Â Not only that, but we didn’t even make it through the whole zoo.Â I did manage to grab a couple of quick sketches of some cheetahs and other wild animals.Â I am always amazed by the sketches of crowds that contain details of all the people walking up and down a busy street or mall.Â I desperately need to get quicker because the animals and random people won’t sit still for me.
I also decided today would be a good day to try out my new pen.Â It is a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen extra fine.Â I’m not sure I like the way it “scratches” on the paper, and it is stiff so it doesn’t lay down a dynamic line at all.Â However, it’s waterproof and makes some beautiful, smooth, dark lines.Â I may set it aside for illustration outline.Â It seems well suited for that, but I’m not so hip on using it to sketch.Â I’ll try again before making that decision.Â I was really missing my brush pen today, even though it’s not waterproof.Â I was trying to be frugal in what I was going to have to tote around.Â We ended up renting a stroller while there and I didn’t have to carry everything anyway.Â Before long, I’m going to have to carry a full rucksack of art supplies just to go to the park.
EDM challenge 113, draw something ugly that you love.Â That’s a really tough one for me because when you look at things through the eyes of love, they become beautiful.Â Take for instance a nasty, greasy, old, chicken leg fried in week old shortening… with a tasty batter of 11 secret herbs and spices cooked to sweet and salty perfectio…
I know you saw me with that chicken leg the other day.Â It’s not what you think.Â Someone left that chicken leg out and I was just keeping it company until it could get a ride somewhere.Â Honest, Diet, nothing happened.Â And I was drunk anyway and wasn’t fully in control.Â Oh Diet, you have to know that fried chicken leg meant nothing to me.Â You know I only love you, Diet.Â Please forgive me.
Fabulous zoo sketches – i also go for the sleeping animals to draw as they don’t move much ! Zoos would be a great place to draw peple though as they are so interested in what they are looking at that they dont bother about the artist in the corner !
I do my pencil sketches first and then highlight in PITT pen if drawing in public. Yours look great
Thank you for your comments, Alissa! I find that as Girl2 gets more active, it becomes harder to sketch at the Zoo without frazzling The Bride. I am glad you enjoyed it.