Today’s adventure took place at the fantastic San Francisco Zoo. The Zoo is beautifully designed with wide open spaces for the animals to roam, gigantic eucalyptus trees that block out traffic and only a 5 minute walk to Ocean Beach.
So here’s to les animales, including:
Super huge mushrooms (didn’t even have to pay extra to see these):
A Koala who obviously had better things to do than give me a face view and Cassowary studies:
Portrait-size Cassowary. He insisted I get a nice front view, as both his left and right were his “good” side.
Grizzly Bear and last Black Swan:
I love to dig. GRRR!
A rhino, a squirrel and a tapir walk into a bar:
Double vision rhino eating:
Yes, these two were quite depressed:
The ever inquisitive ant eater. What do you see there, Ms. Eater? (I know she’s a lady eater because her baby was hanging out in the enclosure next door).
Some lovely scenic shots:
And folks at Ocean Beach:
Mine! Mine! Mine!
And finally, Beach photos:
Here are the first few pages of my CalArts sketchbook. This is the supplement I am mailing to the school in addition to my portfolio. I want to make sure I have a copy of everything, as they won’t be sending my sketchbook back. Gotta wonder what they do with all the sketchbooks they receive every year.
Anyway – more animals from the Denver Zoo!
Malayan Tapir swimming – the world’s cutest animal.
Rhino looking depressed. Wishing he could break through the wall.
Another Polar Bear
Peacock hanging out.
Mimi getting her medicated foot bath.
Lots of Dall sheep chillin’.
Male Cassowary in many poses.
Cape Buffalo chowing down with baby in tow.
I ADORE the Malayan Tapir. Currently there are two at the Denver Zoo. They remind me of a cross between a hippo and an elephant in their behavior. They are also ridiculously cute. Here are my renditions of one of my new favorite animals to draw:
so in my quest to perfect my portfolio I overloaded on life drawing courses this summer and visited the Zoo every week. I can see the improvement and I look forward to sending these drawings off. Here are a few from the zoo.
Cinerous Vulture again
Cassowary – this guy never sits still. I am impressed he actually sat down for this one.
Asiatic Black Bears
Went to the zoo. Saw the animals. Drew a few. Here they are.
African Wild Dog
Ostrich (same one twice)
Polar Bear sleeping
The Denver Zoo is one of the best places to draw. They have a wide variety of animals and the staff and patrons are friendly.
Woo hoo! Much excitement here. Glad to see that my blogging experiment is no longer an experiment, but a full-fledged habit in writing and drawing. Applause all around.
So in celebration today I went to the Denver Zoo, and drew some pretty sweet drawings of the animals. I enjoyed myself. I like going to the Zoo, especially on the weekdays. Better parking and fewer mobs. It’s fun listening to families watch the animals. Little kids always excited. Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas.
It’s also funny watching parents trying to explain to kids why the animals are freaking each other.
No joke. I’m watching the lions, and they start getting it on. Then I go over to the hippo pound, and they start getting it on. And everyone’s staring, not quite sure how to act, er “appropriately.”
SUBURBAN MOM Wow. It’s like National Geographic.
SUBURBAN MOMCome on honey, let’s go look at the giraffes.
LITTLE GIRLNo! I want to stay and watch the hippos.
But kids gotta learn sometime. Better the Zoo than TV I guess. More accurate.
So here are the lovely pics. Enjoy!