Saturday, March 21, 2009
Sketch Day at the Zoo
I suppose you were expecting animals, and I did those too. Some zebras at a distance, an otter, and wolves, but the humans were the most compelling creatures of the day. It was March Break when families migrate to big public spaces and mill about in vast flocks. How could I not be fascinated?. I wandered about with my pencil in pocket and sketchbook dangling about my neck from a shoestring. When I sketched, I'm sure the assumption was that I was there to see the animals, which left my real subjects unaware of my gaze. I've always been too self-conscious to sketch people in public (I've tried) so this was refreshing. That said, this was no life drawing session where models kindly hold poses from 1 minute to 20 minutes in length. I was lucky, very lucky, to get more than an eye-blink of time. That said, it was great practice at gesture drawing and it left me with far more than my usual appreciation of the human animal. Occasionally, a human would walk by and realize what I was actually up to, and at this we would share a conspiratorial wink, in on the joke. In this case, it was the humans on display.
Images: Zoo sketch, Little Canadian Sketchbook, 5" x 7" (spiral binding holds shoestring!), graphite. At home, I inked it with my pentel pocket brush (still pointy!) and sketched in some colour with pencil crayon. Below, pencil crayon drawing on Canson Mi-Teintes 9" x 12" paper. This was done at home, based on a two-minute sketch done at a life drawing session. Unfortunately, I never got to the hands, so my @home drawing of hands was pure guesswork and involved plenty of eraser. It was a very nice pose, though, (thank you, Francis) and I'm glad I worked it up to a finished piece.