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.
9 thoughts on “Friday Fauna-wild and otherwise”
Oh, how wonderful! So beautiful. Thanks.
Love me some orangutan.
These are just wonderful! Especially the orangutan. Makes me smile! Thanks for posting!
Orangs are so like many humans. I hope the jaguar returned to the mainland?
As far as anyone knows, the jaguar is still ensconced. There are also pumas and ocelots.The only way anyone knows is if they trip the camera flash beam crossing one of the trails. They do add a touch of spice to the jungle; all but the coatis are pleased to have them on board.
Love the coatimundis! Just returned from 10 days in Costa Rica and enjoyed watching these “guys” at Arenal.
Chris Marsh, Ph.D.
40 Mobley Oaks Lane
Okatie, SC 29909
That’s awesome, Chris. What a great experience you must have had. Any quetzals?
You’re sure right about coati architecture! It seems like I’m back on familiar ground when I make my very occasional attempts at mammals. Birds however remain terra incognita. And I just learned this again drawing herons down the street a few minutes ago!
I think I like the orangutan the best but that coati painting looks to be on its way to something special as well. My guess is that it will be my favorite when done.
Aahhh, its so gooood!other beautifull picture that remembers my style,The coatis on the rain forest accompanied,with bromelias!,i waiting the impatiently the final result of this great picture.