Here’s a few pages from the last trip to the zoo. In case you can’t tell, we hit the camels and giraffes. I hardly ever head in the direction of the giraffes, which I think will change on future zoo trips..They’re just a blast to sketch, with that awesome, graceful gestural swoop they have. While I’m happy with how the head turned out in the sketch, I was a bit confused and had trouble with the way their lips worked in relation to their skull while sketching them. That said, I headed home, took out the trusty Goldfinger Animal Anatomy for Artists book (that’s right, he has an animal anatomy book, too) and did a quick skull study.
I’m going to have to do the same with those damn camels. I always love sketching them, because of those exaggerated, full-of-character features they have, but they’re a pain for the exact same reason; Exaggerated, charactertured features. Let this be a lesson, all… Anatomy studies are not just for the human figure. I’ll be posting a few animal anatomy studies I’m doing (including the camel and giraffe) in the next few days, and I’ll be carting my anatomy book to the zoo from here on out; It’s a valuable tool, and there’s no reason to leave it on the shelf.