Monday, July 20, 2015

More Summer at the SF Zoo

Whenever the deadline clouds clear for a day or two, I tend to run off to the San Francisco Zoo. My membership expires at the end of this month, so I have to get as much mileage out of it as I can!

I don't think I've ever drawn the zebras before. With one exception, they were posing very cooperatively.

It's always nice to pay a visit to the African Aviary, especially when there's a fledgling ibis to admire.

By special request, here are the lovely siamangs!

The summer nature trail is in full swing, and I pestered the young volunteers with lots and lots of questions.

Next, back to the Sculpture Learning Plaza! They're still adding new models, but we're still waiting on the coelacanth. I'll draw them all eventually...

This one's from the recent grand opening of the remodeled Tropical Rainforest and Aviary.

A view into the aviary from the southern entrance, with callouts in the direction of various critters. I'll have to get back there and do a bunch of individual studies.

And at last, I had a perfect opportunity to draw the baby howler monkey.

Hyde Street Pier 06/13/2015

This summer has been ghastly busy. It's been ages since I've had a chance to go sketching with my pals in the SF Sketchers meetup group, and ages more since I've had a chance to update this art blog! From happier times, here's a sketching trip to see the vintage ships at the Hyde Street Pier.

The entryway to the ferry ship Eureka serves as a nice "title page" for this roundup.

There's a menagerie of vintage cars aboard the Eureka, too. I ended up spending more time on these than on the actual boats, sigh.

A quick rendition of the grand Balclutha. Dig the three square-rigged masts!

Running late for the post-sketching meetup, I bashed out a hasty sketch of the tugboat Hercules.

And on the way home, I came across a Juneteenth festival in progress on Fillmore Street. Petting zoo ahoy!