I have painted animals that are not in the wild, but in captivity. I usually bring a sketchbook to a zoo. In the 80s when my parents wintered in Florida (on the old people’s side, Pinellas Park, near St. Pete’s) I would use my school break to spend a week down there, and at least once per visit, I would go to Busch Gardens in Tampa and sketch all day.
The most complete sketches are of alligators (they don’t move much) but I have favourite sketches that may not even be recognizable to most, yet I know they represented a challenge of drawing most are not aware of. Capture the single most important line of all FIRST. and so on. It’s poetic to even try. Continue reading