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I just finished this little painting of a rooster for my Etsy shop, ArtworkbyBob, and I had so much fun with it I had to share! I love animals and I am lucky enough to work around a lot of cute, friendly animals at Carlsbad Art Farm, where I teach drawing to children. I decided to paint this little rooster for a change of pace after doing so much still life.

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First, I started with a simple drawing in paint

photo 2After the drawing is done, I start adding simple blocks of color to cover the board

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Once everything is more or less covered, I start adding some more detail and texture.

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I continue to add detail and refine edges until I’m satisfied with the result. It always feels like it should be better, but you have to stop at some point…

This painting is available here. Check it out as well as my other paintings for sale!

I found myself in the reptile house at the San Diego Zoo a few days ago, which is a part of the zoo that I don’t usually venture into. I might have to make visiting the snakes and lizards more of a priority from now on, however, because they were a lot of fun to photograph. Here are just a few pics from that day.

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Two jaguar cubs, one male and one female, were born to mother Nindiri on April 26, 2012. They were allowed to go outside for the first time a little over a week ago:

Awwwwww… I know. So cute. I love these guys. But we also need a few pics of Mom:

Another week, another trip to the San Diego Zoo (the best zoo in the world, according to Newt Gringrich).

When I visit the zoo, one of my first stops is often to see the bears. They are several different kinds:

This is the Andean Bear. He like to pace back and forth in his enclosure a lot, but when he settles down it’s hard to imagine that he could possibly be dangerous. He looks just like a lazy dog.

andean bear at the san diego zoo

andean bear at the san diego zoo

There are also two grizzly bears. They’re brothers named Scout and Montana. I’ve seen them wrestle before, which was amazing. They can move very quickly when they feel like it. Today, Scout and Montana were in a much more mellow kind of mood.

grizzly bear at the san diego zoo

grizzly bear at the san diego zoo

Scout and Montana, grizzly bear brothers at the San Diego Zoo

Scout and Montana, grizzly bear brothers at the San Diego Zoo

And, of course, there is my favorite bear. The sloth bear, Kenny. Kenny is my favorite because he is basically a dog. If you yell his name he’ll come out to see what’s going on. If you yell his name and run back and forth in front of his enclosure, he will actually run along with you. He’ll even sit up sometimes if I jump up and down long enough.

Kenny the sloth bear at the San Diego Zoo

Kenny the sloth bear at the San Diego Zoo

Kenny the sloth bear at the San Diego Zoo

Kenny the sloth bear at the San Diego Zoo

I go to the San Diego Zoo pretty much every week, usually on Wednesdays. I used to go hoping to make some quality animal sketches to impress my friends and confound my enemies. Alas, drawing animals from life is actually very hard. So I adjusted my goals, and now I go to the zoo hoping for some amazing animal photos. This also happens to be pretty difficult, but being patient and going to the zoo often does certainly help.

I think the best way to experience the zoo is to not try to see everything, especially if I want to get some good pictures. Instead, I try to find an animal that seems active, or may be getting fed soon, and I stick around. I find that I enjoy the zoo the most not by catching a glimpse and a quick snapshot of a lot of animals, but by taking my time to observe and photograph just a few. I spent a lot of time with these tigers, for instance. I almost never get decent photos of these guys, but a combination of luck and perseverance resulted in a few pics that I was pretty happy with.

Tiger at the San Diego Zoo

Tiger at the San Diego Zoo

Tiger at the San Diego Zoo

Tiger at the San Diego Zoo