Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Turkey Time!

Sometimes you're just stumped for things to draw.  And then sometimes a flock of wild turkeys walks through your yard.  This handsome boy stuck around for a bit, displaying to his ladies, long enough for me to paint his portrait.

4.24.17 - Turkey Time

4.24.17 - Turkey Time

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cotton Tales

We had Easter dinner at my aunt and uncle's house.  It was a beautiful day and wouldn't you know, some bunnies came to join the party.  Yet another lesson in not going anywhere without a Sketchbook.

4.20.17 - Buns

4.20.17 - Buns

Oh hey, what's this?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New England Aquarium Studies

As I said last time, drawing stuffed animals at Harvard made me feel sick and sad and I desperately needed to draw living animals.  And so, while I was still in Boston, I headed down to the good old New England Aquarium.  Boy did I have more fun drawing there.  I think you can see it in the art, so without further ado:

3.30.17 New England Aquarium Studies

3.30.17 New England Aquarium Studies

3.30.17 New England Aquarium Studies

3.30.17 New England Aquarium Studies

3.30.17 New England Aquarium Studies

3.30.17 New England Aquarium Studies

I'd say I have a great affinity for Pinnipeds, yes?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Next of Kin" and Harvard Museum of Natural History Studies

Speaking as an artist, I'm not sure if drawing stuffed animals can teach me anything meaningful anymore.

Let's back up.  I was back in Boston for a week last month and decided I might as well enjoy the local attractions.  I hadn't been to Harvard to draw in ages and I'd heard they had a new exhibit that was a must-see, so I headed over there.

That new exhibit, man.  It's called Next of Kin.  The HMNH is so *old* that many of its skeletal and taxidermy specimens are from severely endangered or even extinct animals.  Artist Christina Seely, working alongside The Canary Project, an organization of ecologically-minded scientist/artists, created an art installation using many of these specimens.  Combining sculpture, photography, and music (including the calls of extinct animals), it's a stunning and incredibly moving marriage of science and art.  It is indeed, to borrow a phrase, not to be missed.  You've got until June to catch it. 

Oh yeah, and a far, far more accurate title for it would be "You Will Need A Strong Drink And A Good Long Stare At The Wall After This One."

It managed to haunt my entire visit.

I felt *bad* walking among the taxidermy in a way that's hard to put into words.  I drew a lot, as you can see, but I felt bad about it.  Even weirdly complacent - these were, after all, living animals that had been killed and stuffed in "lifelike" poses just so people like me could come and study their propped-up pelts.  So I really don't know if dead animals have anything left to teach me.

Anyway, on that cheerful note, art!

3.28.17 - Harvard Sketchcrawl

3.28.17 - Harvard Sketchcrawl

3.28.17 - Harvard Sketchcrawl

I got home with a desperate need to see *living* animals.  And so a few days later...

3.30.17 NEAQ Sketches

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sketching From "Nature" - "Ireland's Wild River"

It feels like it's been forever since I sat down, watched an episode of "Nature", and drew along with it.  So on St. Patrick's Day, I watched "Ireland's Wild River", a tour down the River Shannon, and drew these sketches.  Click on them to see the big versions at Flickr.

3.17.17 - "Ireland's Wild River" Sketches

3.17.17 - "Ireland's Wild River" Sketches

3.17.17 - "Ireland's Wild River" Sketches

I drew them all in green pencil!  Because St. Patrick's Day!  And Ireland! 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WDW Trip Report: Animal Kingdom Sketches

Oh yes, it is time!   Time to share what me and my little Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook got up to while in Disney's Animal Kingdom:

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

Wild Anhinga spotted on the river, a duck (Pochard?), and a really cool plant.

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

More abstract studies of another Anhinga.

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

On the subject of birds, there is a new presentation at Dinoland USA that features live birds, is essentially a sequel to my beloved Flights of Wonder, and matter-of-factly presents birds as a kind of dinosaur.  This... okay, Dinoland still makes me drink heavily, but this is a very nice change for the better.  More like this, please.

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

Flights of Wonder is still awesome and I finally got to sit in the "I'm glad I am wearing a hat" seats.  Only thing is, I thought I'd heard that the show had finally received a rewrite, but it seems essentially the same.  I tell you, the Dr. Guano story is getting as taxing as Little Red back in the day.

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

The Komodo Dragon was surprisingly spry, and the Lion Macaques are a new addition.

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

A graceful Tree Monitor, a handsome Jungle Fowl, and a Mystery Bovine!  (All Ears identifies it as a Banteng, while the Cast Member I asked called it a Water Buffalo.  Either way, nice model.)

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

An Argus Pheasant and Crowned Pigeon...

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

...and some studies from my Safari photos.

2.21.17 - Animal Kingdom Studies

Bonus: A Limpkin I met at the Boardwalk docks...

2.20.17 - EPCOT Manatee Studies

And a surprisingly graceful Manatee at the Living Seas.