Zoo drawing is a great way to sharpen your animal drawing chops and the Tulsa Zoo’s rainforest exhibit looks to be a large one, an indoor walkabout with a 50 foot high ceiling and free-flying birds. I’m going there today to sketch, and should probably take binoculars. I don’t want to miss a feather.
Fresh paintings are currently hanging like wet clothes on the wall behind my desk and as they get close to completion I clip them up there until one of them yells for help and goes back on the easel. Or not. Right now there’s a pair of coatis in residence, and I’m ignoring the cries from the clothesline.
If you sketch and paint birds, you may enjoy the novelty of painting mammals. It’s fair to say it’s not far from figure painting, if you think about it. We have so much more in common with coati architecture than we do with the bird model.
Just a little less fur.