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another visit to the zoo:


I had to take a guess at the bear's feet - I couldn't see them. And agoutis are like slinkies with fur, they constantly change their body shape





I'd have thought that elephants would be much easier to draw, but the forehead in particular almost killed me

and some animal noses
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Nice collection of zoo sketches! I love the page of animal noses.
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Great that you can get to a zoo to sketch. The page of animal noses is super.
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all kinds of noses. . . how fun! bet that made for a fun day at the zoo. great idea
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You are really getting in a lot of animal sketches...I'm impressed!
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This is so great that you've been going to the zoo and sketching animals from life. The variety of animal and other studies in here is fantastic. Your penguin looked true, all your animals are at least recognizable and I know from this start that you'll be an incredible animal artist.

Drawing from life is the best thing you can do to improve your skills. I started with my cat about five years ago and now I'm doing cats well, even other animals improved because of all my cat studies. What you're doing with the zoo is something I hope to be able to do someday.

The page of noses was great. Working just on a detail like that is sometimes easier than doing the whole animal before it moves. Likewise your equine eye, ears and hooves sketches. You've made a fantastic start and for a complete beginner your drawings are very advanced!
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Thank you for your encouragement. Robert, I read your post first thing this morning and I went through the day with a huge smile
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Nice job with the zoo sketches! I don't think anybody can really appreciate how hard it is to sketch animals at the zoo until they go and try to do it. They don't stand still for even 30 seconds. Nevertheless, it's one of the items on my list of "Favorite Things to Do". I suppose it must be the challenge that keeps we going back for more. I'm really happy to see another zoo-sketcher in our midst!

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I have a annual ticket, so I'm at the zoo all the time anyway. One thing I noticed is how sketching really makes me look at the animals - how many toes, noseshapes, pupils ect. And it certainly does wonders for the skill of capturing the shape of an animal quickly.

and now for something completely different...something that really stays still

I'm riffing on the Kayenta, Arizona ref photo from the November Western Art Challenge, just playing with my colours.
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Splendid landscape. Beautiful colors.
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Nice solid look to the Arizona landscape.

It is great that you have an annual ticket for the zoo. That way you can do a lot of sketching there. How fun!
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done from reference photos I took:
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Great idea to do eye studies like this!

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neat eyes. . . especially the tortoise one
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Very cool eye studies.
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