Bristol Community Plant Collection

For all you that read ‘Zooray‘ and thought it was just a jolly, think again!  The wonderful people at Bristol Zoo Gardens wanted me to create some imagery to go towards their exciting new project – Bristol Community Plant Collection – creating a national plant collection of calendula (marigolds to you and me) with the contribution of several groups within the local community.


The groups involved were from a varied demographic so had to work with imagery that would be very inclusive.  The type of figures I used for the Midsummer Skinny Dip logo would suit something like this.


Find below the body of work produced for this; including imagery of calendula, a banner for the project and a stamp design.  I must admit, I particularly enjoyed drawing all the little characters for the banner!


image for bristol zoo gardens, figures carrying flowers





marigolds (calendula) image produced for Bristol Community Plant Collection project





stamp design for the Bristol Community Plant Collection project


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