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October 22, 2011

Zoo Drawing Week 2 Sneak Peek

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 3:20 pm

Here’s a bit of a sneak peek at some principles of animal drawing that we’ll be covering in week 2 of my class, Dynamic Animal Drawing at the Zoo.


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October 17, 2011

Rhinoceros unicornis

Filed under: Uncategorized, Wildlife — tb @ 5:49 pm



Rhinoceros unicornis,  the Indian Rhinoceros, is the largest of the rhino species, with the males of the species weighing anywhere between 4,000lbs to 8,000lbs.  These are some of my favorite critters to draw (yeah, i know..I say that alot, about so many different things) due to the massive amount of character they carry around with that equally massive build of theirs.


The thick neck folds, the heavy horn, the upward sweep of the skull, the heavy-lidded, unamused eyes…It’s almost to easy to inject heaping spoonfuls of personality into your drawing when sketching these guys.

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September 26, 2011

Upcoming Class; Dynamic Animal Sketching at the San Diego Zoo

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 12:20 pm

This fall, I’ll be teaching Dynamic Animal Sketching at the Watts Atelier of the Arts.  The class will run from Oct. 16 to Dec 18, and will be held at the San Diego Zoo.

For beginners, this will be a great class to strengthen the basics of gesture, proportion and rhythm, as well as to build confidence and decision-making skills in your drawings.  For advanced students, this is an excellent opportunity to cross-train your anatomical knowledge and to push for your own voice and calligraphy in your sketches.

A student zoo pass is included in the class fee.  For more information, head on over to the Watts Atelier website (you can register here) or feel free to contact me directly with any questions you might have.

Sign up soon, class size is limited..Hope to see you there!


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January 2, 2011

So, a segnosaurus and a caudipteryx walk into a bar…

Filed under: Dinosaurs & Paleo-art, Wildlife — tb @ 1:00 pm



  If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love dinosaurs.  To whittle it down a bit more, I love theropods.  What’s that?  I need to narrow the statement down even further?  Alright, I love feathered theropod dinosaurs.  The near-infinite amount of possibilities when it comes to feather arrangements, patterns, etc. makes them an absolute joy to concept up and sketch out.


  The big fellow in the above sketch that looks like some sort of freakish skeksis-bred monster is a Segnosaurus.  I’ve talked about members of his family, the therizinosaurs, in prior posts.  Segnosaurus was an interesting one amongst the Therizinosaurs, as it’s thought they lacked the condor-like cheeks the rest of the therizinosaurs were theorized to have.  As I often do with the big therizinosaurs, I referenced ostriches and emus for the shaggy, fur-like feathers and threw in a bit of turkey for the gnarled, warty, bald neck and head.


  The little guy that sort of snuck in on that sketchbook page is a Caudipteryx….Think of him like an adorable little clawed dino-bird with tiny, sharp buck teeth.  This little guy is so bird-like in his body structure and features that some some scientists classify it as a flightless bird.  That said, I decided to push the bird features further than I normally would have, and give him an overall modern-avian appearance, complete with a little crest of feathers for display.


Would either of these guys necessarily have looked this way?  Perhaps.  Could Segnosaurus have had more extensive feathers?  Of course.  Might Caudipteryx have looked a bit more dinosaurian and a bit less like a modern bird?  Most certainly.  It’s these things that make paleo-art so much fun..the endless possibilities.






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December 9, 2010

He doesn’t like you.

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 1:50 pm



..don’t let that fact bother you though, because he doesn’t like me either.


As I missed my weekly animal painting class due to feeling a bit under the weather, I thought I’d go ahead and scan this guy since the paint’s finally dry.  What is he, you ask? Well, this rather cantankerous-looking fellow is a Boer Goat, bred and developed in South Africa for their meat.  I’m a sucker for animals with that domed “sweep” to their head (bull terriers, Takins, etc) so this buck was a pleasure to paint.  I’m a bit disappointed in the canvas I used…a free sample that came with some paints I ordered…because it seems to have “sucked up” a lot of the luster that existed in the colors before it dried.  Let that be a lesson;  Use quality materials, kids.




Get it?




Oh how I love you, wordplay.

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October 5, 2010

Et tu, King Gorilla…?

Filed under: Superheroes & Supervillians, Wildlife — tb @ 8:12 pm


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July 20, 2010

Comic-Con Sketch Group

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 10:54 am

Here’s a little flier I did for TheIllustrationBoard.com’s Comic-Con Sketch Group announcement.




With Comic-Con just around the corner, I thought it would be fitting for TheIllustrationBoard.com to host a Zoo Sketch group and welcome all visiting artists in the area.  If you’re in San Diego for the ‘con and want to do a bit of drawing this Saturday, July 24th, meet up with our group in front of the zoo at 5pm.  All are welcome of course, so come on out and have a great time!


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May 15, 2010

Of very large cats

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 7:39 am

     Last week ended up being Cat Drawing day for the zoo sketch group from TheIllustrationBoard.com.  We had a pretty nice turnout, but rain, sickness and some rather shy animals hiding in their exhibits led to very little drawing getting done.  I did manage to pull out a decent lion scribble from the day, and I prepared a handout for those who attended.  If you didn’t get a copy of the handout for yourself last Sunday, feel free to print it out and keep it for your own personal use.

Aaand if you haven’t already, make sure to check out the other blog I manage for theillustrationboard and take a look at the sketches everyone else did for Big Cat Day.




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April 11, 2010

Blur that line: Birds and Dinosaurs

Filed under: Dinosaurs & Paleo-art, Wildlife — tb @ 1:44 pm




     My last post was a bit of an announcement for a special bird/dinosaur drawing zoo sketch group.  Here’s a bit of the oucome from that day; Flamingos, pigeons, and a Therizinosaur (loosely based around beipiaosaurus).  The Therizinosaurs were a *very* strange group of dinosaurs…  Feathered herbivores descended from carnivorous theropods, they looked (As Ryan Shutter put it..) like “Turkey Monsters.”  It’s with species like these, species that blur the line between birds and dinosaurs,  that you can really have fun and merge wildlife drawing and concepting.


    On a side-note, I prepared a handout for the Dinosaur drawing day.  While it was designed to be paired with the talk I gave, the breakdown I made of the theropod form and shapes still is helpful on it’s own.  If you’re interested in a printable version of the handout for your own personal use, click the thumbnail below.




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March 31, 2010

North American Mammals

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 11:09 am



Here’s another page from the ol’ sketchbook, which accidentally ended up being North-American Mammal-themed.  The skulls were done at home (Pronghorn skull, grizzly skull, and two polar bear skulls) and the animals were done from life at the zoo… Speaking of which, there’s another zoo trip coming up this Saturday, April 3rd at 9:30am.  Show up and do some drawing.  It’ll be grand.

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