Wednesday, July 30, 2014

San Francisco Zoo 07/18/2014

Another SF Zoo adventure as we meet the newly arrived wolverines! Plus birds and bears and a sleepy anteater.


A gaggle of local University of Michigan alumni were summoned to welcome their school mascots to their new home.


The wolverines in some typical action poses - scampering, digging, and wriggling in their ice pit.


Green-winged macaws and a curl-crested aracari (a particularly fabulous variety of toucan).


Good morning, anteater! How would you like to pose for a sketchbook cover?


Humans gathering for the 11:30 grizzly feeding.


Kachina and Kiona, the grizzly sisters.


It seems like the zoo has two of every rescue animal, so they can work rotating shifts on the Nature Trail. So this desert tortoise is Cactus, rather than Mohave.

San Francisco Zoo 07/09/2014

Back to the San Francisco Zoo as we take advantage of the monthly free day for SF residents. Of course, every day's a free day when you're a sloth...


It seems like there are lots of junior giraffes all of a sudden.


According to the docent, Ulu was born in the wild and still has a bit of a "gypsy spirit."


I didn't really do these guys justice. Go see them with your own eyeballs!


I could draw the sloth all day. Apparently he still doesn't have a name, but what's the rush?


I think I'm starting to get the hang of sketching those wiggly river otters.


More cuteness along the Nature Trail, where there were lots and lots of rescue animals awaiting close inspection.


It's always nice when I can catch the hippo in a sportive mood.


My wife was really impressed with the bongo, so I had to do a portrait for her.


That's all for today. Come back soon and hang out!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Robo-Hunting

Just hitting British newsstands on May 28, the 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special features new tales of many old favorite 2000 AD characters, including an eight-page Robo-Hunter story with art by yours truly and script by the dashing Alec Worley. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Touch-A-Truck Day 05/31/2014

It's Touch-A-Truck day again, huzzah! Here are some sketches of the petting zoo of exotic vehicles at the 41st annual Star of the Sea Festival, literally on my doorstep.


An ambulance, not to be confused with a waahmbulance.


Julie challenged me to draw the whole control assembly as well as the sewer inspection robot.


The back end of a garbage truck. Sorry I couldn't make this one scratch-and-sniff...


So many exciting things to draw that I attempted to get them all in a single shot.


By request, the Triple A tow truck.


Last one for the day is the street sweeper.

San Francisco Zoo 05/23/2014

Back to the San Francisco Zoo for the opening of the Washed Ashore exhibit, plus another new animal arrival!


Washed Ashore is a collection of ocean-themed acoustic sculptures made from washed-up debris. (See washedashore.org for more info.) A couple of musicians were on hand to demonstrate the fine art of banging on the sculptures.


Whale bones, tube worms, and musical starfish made from recycled beach debris. I've painstakingly documented the corresponding sounds.


Jellyfish, seaweed, and colorful fish that rattle like rainsticks when you spin them.


And now, random animals. Here's a fine cassowary.


I think the langurs are planning something.


Foraging with the mandrills.


Assorted giraffes and sleepy zebras.


A single corner of the Lion House now houses a toucan, an anaconda, and a highly adorable two-toed sloth. The sloth can climb up its tree and hang from the ceiling when it feels like people-watching.


Finishing up the day at the Animal Resource Center. Lots of snakes and reptiles today!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

San Francisco Zoo 05/07/2013

Another round of sketches from the San Francisco Zoo, which just introduced a red panda named Tenzing. I was there for the press event where the name was announced, and judging from the size of the media presence, this was clearly the only news story in San Francisco that day!


First order of business was the media event introducing the new red panda. He was a little shy - maybe it was all the cameras.


And here's Tenzing, named after the famous sherpa who scaled Mount Everest alongside Edmund Hillary.


The fabulous treehouse created by Pete Nelson of "Treehouse Masters."


The ground hornbills are magnificent. I should try drawing more of the birds...


The grizzlies are so lively, it's hard to get a full pose, but I think I'm getting closer.


The obligatory peccary update.


My first time drawing the penguins. Visually, they're pretty simple little critters, so I spent some time on the environment.


From the daily show and tell at the Animal Resource Center. What a cute possum!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Superhero Costume Workshop 05/05/2014

From the traditional end-of-semester workshop hosted by the AAU Comic Book Club. We had some video game and anime characters in the mix this time, which I think is great even if I don't recognize them all!


Whitney as Catwoman.


Not sure if Catwoman really carries a mace, but if she does, surely it must have a kitty face on it.


Kids, this is why we don't wipe our brushes on our sketchbook pages - you might need that space later.


Chie from Persona 4, apparently. I don't really know my videogame characters!

Elektra, of course. Since the costume's based on a leotard, it keeps reminding me of Kate Bush, who would make a very strange ninja assassin.


Apparently not Goku - it's Guy from Final Fight and Street Fighter, but the blue undershirt made me think of Dragon Ball instead.


More Cat-bondage. You're welcome!


A Megaman homage. Since I don't know what Megaman's costume looks like, you get a blue biker with a ray gun instead.