For a friend’s birthday, we went to the National Zoo to do some sketching. This was well timed, as it fit in with my recent attempts to improve my “dino” drawing skills. One thing I learned, just like with sketching the human figure, you need to warm up to it. I think it’s obvious… we shouldn’t have kicked off the day with the cheetahs; they were moving around a lot. As my friend Steve said, “We should have started with the 200 year old tortoises”. Oh well.

Side note, that weird squiggle between heads in the panda sketches… those are teeth. They’re all cute and cuddly until you see the fangs on them, not to mention the massive claws. Thank goodness the sucker likes eating bamboo over meat.

A shout out to the staff at the National Zoo for not yelling at me when I dropped my pencil into the elephant enclosure. As anyone who reads this blog regularly might know… I don’t do well with staff at most of these places; so it was a pleasant surprise not to get chewed out by staff for once.