Zooray!

I hope you appreciate my mashing of ‘zoo’ and ‘hooray’ together for the title of this here entry – I felt it summed up the entry well as  I was able to spend the afternoon at the wonderful Bristol Zoo Gardens last week; like a kid in a candy store, stuffing my sketchbook with visual goodies.  Unleashed into the zoo I didn’t know where to start first!  A couple twists and turns found me some birds, the only one that sat still enough for me to vaguely capture it was a special magpie thing that I forget the name of…

azure-winged magpie

pencil sketch of black cheeked lovebird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think it was an Azure-winged Magpie, at least that’s what oh-mighty-google informs me it might be.  There was also a  delightful collection of black cheeked lovebirds too.

Daffodils are always good fun to draw with their wiggly trumpets –

pencil sketch daffodils and lavender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found feeding-time at the meerkat enclosure.  There were little babies scuffling around, they were so cute!  I bet they’d look cuter in my pocket…  As it was feeding time and they were twitching scampering meerkats, my sketches of them didn’t turn out so hot.

 

meerkat pencil sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apes and monkeys seemed better at holding still for a wee bit longer –

pencil sketch gorilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

pencil sketch of a howler monkey

pencil sketch of howler monkey staring out a window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pencil sketch of ring tailed lemur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a go at some mark-making with the different types of trees I could see, as well as playing with blending, getting the right colour, for the tulip tree flower I drew.  Some other plants featured too:

 

 

collection of trees at Bristol Zoo Gardens

various flowers at Bristol Zoo Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the zoo was emptying out and the zoo was within minutes of closing, I couldn’t not get some lion action!  Although considering the image I got, I don’t think action was much on his mind…

 

 

pencil sketch of lion sleeping in the sun at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Babes in the Jungle

A friend of mine is due to have a little boy soon and I thought boys like jungle animals right?  I’m sure jungle animals like kids…

Anyway, I’m conjuring an illustrated photo frame, some of the apetures will contain animals, some will be left free for my friend to put photos of her beautiful baby boy.

Here are some of my sketchbook paintings that I worked from.  I was a little sad to find the snake didn’t quite fit, but I hope to find a use for him somewhere…

And here’s a sketch of a lion – I liked it too much to dismiss it as ‘sketchbook crap’ to never see the light of day again.