Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Someone told me "It's all happening at the ZOO"!












I am at the Bronx Zoo all week. My daughter is doing the one week day camp. I chose to stay all day 5 days as an animal drawing intensive. - Could someone shoot me now?

It's not the furry, feathered, beaked, slithering etc... animals that are getting to me. It's the human species that I'd like to see on the endangered list. I've encountered many strange varieties and it's only my 3rd day- 2 to go! Today was free admission day- so I'm a little over exposed to people.

Also - who should I speak to about getting the animals to stand still? - I've been doing a lot of gestures. Of course if they were all napping - I'd be bored. I saw some wild gorilla action today. The silver back was beating the crap out of the smaller gorillas - for lettuce. Hate to see what he would do for a burger.

Monday I had a great time in the Rain Forest building. I had a staring contest with a black leopard... I actually got to draw him. I loved the tree kangaroo- I don't have any drawings yet- maybe tomorrow he'll cooperate and stand still.

I love when I draw in public - the crowd watches - people ooh and ahh-"Look,look at her- she's drawing - " and inevitably, a small child's voice can be heard "I can do better than that" - usually I trip them-:)

I find the people this week are noticing me drawing them and are not at all happy about it. I usually get away with it. So here are my sketches so far this week. There's a true doodle of a mother walking the path next to the vultures- who shrieked as a squirrel climbed a branch over her head "What the hell is that!?" - her kids had a good time with that.

8 comments:

Chrissy Fanslau said...

What fun! I love the giraffe and the leopard. I wish there was a zoo where I live, but no, not one. There is one in Anchorage - far south from where I live - and I hear you CAN see an elephant on a treadmill there. That would be an interesting sight. :O)
Enjoy the rest of the week!

Jennifer said...

These are great, Kelly! And haha, yeah, the human species can be pretty um, interesting. ;-)

I love the idea of spending the week at the zoo. We're off to the aquarium today, but I'm afraid the kids won't let me stay still long enough to draw...

Anonymous said...

I love your drawings -- seeing the work-in-progress of a professional artist is fascinating. Your other stuff is okay, too (LOL - I think it's terrific).
JoP

Kelly Light said...

Thanks Jennifer and joP(?) Today was a better day at the zoo- i wore an ipod so I didn't hear the humans

Brian said...

Flippin brilliant Kelly, I love your observations both in your storytelling and in your art. I want to see more!

Brian

AWells said...

OOO! What fun, for both you and your daughter! The one time I drew at the local "zoo", I was drawing barnyard animals and a dang goat literally came up and ripped my drawing right out of my pad and ate it! Then a worker yelled at me for feeding paper to the animals. haha. I love your people drawings- thats the best part of the zoo- people from ALL walks of life visit them.

starlight said...

wow...
your drawings are really good.
i love the animals and the last one with the puffy woman :P
no really, they´re really good.
i´m also learning how to draw profesionally, but i still have so much to learn.
anyway, good job:)

starlight said...

wow...
your drawings are really good.
i love the animals and the last one with the puffy woman :P
no really, they´re really good.
i´m also learning how to draw profesionally, but i still have so much to learn.
anyway, good job:)