|Shelldon the Sulcata Tortoise study sketches - from RISD Live Animal Drawing Session - Feb. 2013|
I recently picked up a book of Beatrix Potter's art plates from the library for an inspiration spark. Naturally, I mulled over the book the whole week leading up to a trip to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for Christina Rodriguez's Live Animal Drawing sessions. Sketches above are of the Sulcata Tortoise (Shelldon) from the center of my mini collage.
|Taxidermy and live animals in attendance at the RISD drawing sessions|
I did not bring my watercolors this year. If I had, I doubt they would look much like Beatrix Potter's studies anyhow.
|A fantastic sketch and color plate of Peter Rabbit - by Beatrix Potter. From The Art of Beatrix Potter, by E. Linder.|
I am currently plotting another trip the Harvard Museum of Natural History for some more taxidermy studies. Ideally, I'd like to see the real creatures to see how they more. Internet image searches and YouTube video clips can only get you so far. If anyone has any idea as to where I can find a live giraffe and/or Pancake Tortoise, please let me know.