Friday Sketchbook: Copenhagen Zoo and a Night of Culture, Too

Muskox and hooded crows at Copenhagen Zoo. Watercolor over pencil, Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.
Muskox and hooded crows at Copenhagen Zoo. Watercolor over pencil, Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

At the Copenhagen Zoo today, drawing many new animals. The rainforest walkthrough was enchanting- rich and properly steamy with living plants and birds that displayed and sang. A good thing to see in a zoo.

Reindeer, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.
Reindeer, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

This reindeer bull was nosing around a doe in estrus. I made a little sketch and added a wish for a future Santa’s helper.

Humboldt's penguins, Copenhagen Zoo, pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.
Humboldt’s penguins, Copenhagen Zoo, pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.
Humboldt's penguins at the Copenhagen Zoo, underwater view. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.
Humboldt’s penguins at the Copenhagen Zoo, underwater view. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.
Humboldt's penguin, Copenhagen Zoo, inordinately attracted to my red mechanical pencil. Did it look like a fish?
Humboldt’s penguin, Copenhagen Zoo, inordinately attracted to my red mechanical pencil, which must look like a fish.

The penguins were a kick, especially from below.

Crested seriema, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.
Crested seriema, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.
Lesser Malayan Mouse Deer,  black-necked weaver, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.
Lesser Malayan Mouse Deer, black-necked weaver, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

It was a good day well spent, and now it’s time for Copenhagen Culture Night, or, rather, Kulturnatten. The city turns tonight into a huge party with music, dance, food, concerts, light shows, you name it. There are big doings on every street in town. Museums open their doors. Concerts, tours, light shows, food demos, endless fun. It’s just starting up- you can hear the roll of drums. Time to join the party.

Happy Friday.

3 thoughts on “Friday Sketchbook: Copenhagen Zoo and a Night of Culture, Too

    1. zeladoniac says:

      Hi Rajesh, I mostly use a .7 mechanical pencil with a HB or 2B lead, and I really like Pentel Clearpoints. Sometimes I’ll use a 6B Kohinoor Triograph. Humidity is a factor. If it’s very damp, like in the tropics, soft pencils work the best. Hope that helps.. Thanks for the question.

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