While Seattle has its intermittent winter blasts--and I'm feeling a little cabin fever in my studio--I head out to the zoo to draw. At Woodland Park Zoo the Rainforest House is mighty cozy, dry and warm (albeit humid, which I love) every day of the year--no matter if there's snow/ice/rain/hail outside. What a great escape...and with some of my favorite models living inside, ready--and for the most part, willing--to pose for some drawing. I also visit the Reptile House (the Rhino Iguana live there) where it's equally warm without the humidity (and smells of crickets or something reptilian I can't describe).
I've found working from animals to be a type of drawing-meditation. My mark-making morphs into sometimes new places inspired by these fascinating and uninterested animals. I think that's part of what's going on for me, that they could care less and are sometimes bothered by my presence, but for the most part are simply indifferent. It's a humbling experience in a way, and makes it all about marks at that point, my marks.
The birds are all drawn from a pair of Aracari Toucan. After that are some poison dart frogs perched on dried leaves, and a Rhino Iguana who moves much faster than you'd guess. Conte crayon on paper (one with watercolor as well). Sizes are approximately 9"x12". Please click on images for larger versions.
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