We went to Sea World, our favorite
theme park last week for Fathers Day. It’s the animals that draw us there and the clean caring
environment that we enjoy. The whales thrive here and the research work and
rescue work scientists do helps preserve them and the other animals in the
Here are some of sketches done last
week with a Memory Brush Pen using sepia ink & a wash using a Sakura waterbrush. These Sketches were drawn in a 3.5" X 5" 60 lb 400 series Strathmore Sketchbook. This sketchbook is my portable journal, although I also use other sketchbooks, I carry this one with me at all times and I have used them for many years. It's inexpensive enough that I don't mind jotting any information I need, it's so all purpose yet strong enough for washes .
These were sketched from
life at Sea World.
Barracuda at Shark Encounter
Sting Ray at Manta Aquarium
Sea Lions settling in for the night at Pacific Point Preserve
I find sketching animals from life a challenge, as sketching from life often is. But on the up side, it keeps you quick and decisive, because you never know when they will move. Also, having other people with you keeps you quick too, they may not want to wait too long while you labor over a sketch. But the rewards are many when working from life, not in the least our eyes see in 3 D rather than a 2D photograph, we see more than any camera does.
I recommend using the water soluble inks, whether it is a brush pen, fine line pen, or fountain pen, the water wash makes these sketches come alive.
Happy Sketching, Aleada Aine Siragusa
To see more of these sketches, please visit Aleada's Blog