Sunday, May 25, 2008

Zoo as Reference

Here are some sketches that I made during my zoo visits. I've been lucky enough to going twice a week since the beginning of the year, a couple of hours each visit, but I can now start to see the benefit of those visits in my work.

These compositions were made using what I saw as reference material. I've been trying my best to use what I see as inspiration for design; it isn't always easy, specially when it comes to animals. If there isn't a physiological, and behavioral understanding of the subject things tend to fall apart. I find looking at animals not only relaxing but also fascinating each species has a specific behavior and every individual of that species has a specific attitude, it can be a bit chubbier, more aggressive, and with a scar. All that makes them unique just like each one of the people that we know. If one slows down and looks one will be amazed to discover what is right in front of our noses.

I'll be posting some more of my zoo sketches as in the near future.