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:

Crane studies:

Deer-like creatures:

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.

Black Swans:

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:

CalArts Portfolio | Denver Zoo Edition

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.

Polar Bear

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.

Two camels.

The Denver Zoo Continued

Told you I had a lot of these drawings.

In other news, I start my new job tomorrow. Very excited about it. No more unemployment – HOORAH! Here in Denver so many people applied for unemployment that the offices are backlogged – it now takes 6 – 8 weeks to receive checks instead of 4. Consequently, I haven’t received any money yet. So I am glad to now be gainfully employed. I read an article in the Post on Sunday that while the national average is 9.6, the unemployment rate for Colorado is 7.3, so at least we are below average. That’s hardly any consolation for those who are unemployed, so my heart goes out to them.

But like I said earlier – zoo animals. So here they are:

A Rhinoceros Hornbill. One of the coolest creatures I’ve ever seen.
Every time I go to the zoo the Rhino is licking dirt. I don’t think he gets enough iron in his diet.

Let me tell you I’ve never seen a more content hippo in my life.
Or a sleepier bear.
Gorilla holding onto the bars like he’s a prisoner. Poor gorilla.
Gorilla. Again.
I had never seen a giraffe sitting before. They don’t do this often. Probably because it’s so complicated to get back up.

Animal Life Drawing – The Series

Hi all,

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

Cinerous Vulture again

Cassowary – this guy never sits still. I am impressed he actually sat down for this one.


Asiatic Black Bears

The 200th Post!

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.”


Wow. It’s like National Geographic.




Come on honey, let’s go look at the giraffes.


No! 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!