Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yesterday was a TERRIFIC day for nature sketching!

Wild babies 1

My friend and veterinarian, Pete Rucker, is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who works with the Missouri Department of Conservation--he's also federally licensed, and I often get to sketch and photograph his charges. LOTS of them have ended up in my books and articles!

Last week Pete called to tell me he had baby skunks I might like to sketch, and yesterday was the first day I had time to get out there. What a bonanza! You can click on the images to see the notes I put on them, on Flickr...

Wild babies 2

While there to sketch the baby skunks, I also got to do quick sketches of a baby raccoon, a little mink, and a nighthawk. It's a great time to put gesture sketching and memory sketching techniques into practice...

Lots of good sketching opportunities, much more than I had bargained for! I stayed for hours...unfortunately I forgot (AGAIN!) that you don't shoot videos with a vertical format...siiiigh...so here is the other one, a tiny, tiny movie of a tiny raccoon getting his afternoon feeding...(Pete is a real hero in my eyes!)

And no, I have no idea what he said...too short!


video

6 comments:

  1. These drawings are wonderful! What a great opportunity!

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  2. Thank you, Carol, I had a great time...always a challenge, because they just move constantly!

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  3. These are all so cute! We have been having quite a problem with rabid skunks here in Wichita County, Texas... it is good to see a group of healthy ones. I like seeing the full pages of sketches too.

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  4. Oooh, sorry about the rabid ones! And yes, these were just fine...cute little guys, trying hard to act grownup...

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  5. Oh man. Baby skunks are my favourite. What a fantastic treat. Really lovely sketches.

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  6. How very lucky you are to be able to observe these animals up close. They look like they are a lovely lot.

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