Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sketching at Call of the Wild

I had the chance to return to Call of the Wild in Gaylord, Michigan, to sketch from the taxidermy collection there.

I took a stub nibbed fountain pen with blue ink.  No watercolors today.  Just "black and white," except, of course, blue and white.

I was also thinking specifically about the design or composition of each page or page spread.  I wanted to include some of the facts about each animal along with the drawing, and to have the pages look attractive.

I was enjoying the way the different pages cropped the images.  The turtle is cropped, but the duck runs off the page.  Changing these approaches kept me in the fun of experimenting and learning.

Part way through the bufflehead, my pen ran out of ink.

Note to self (and others) always have at least one extra pen on you!

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