Sometimes even I think I'm insane. My friend Jana invited Roseanne and me over to her home. It's several acres in the country and she has a horse, ducks, and sheep. The ducks and sheep she keeps so her herding dogs will have animals to herd.
Roseanne is developing a fine eye for animal photography. She went with the intention of taking photos. I went to sketch; that's where the insanity comes in. It was over 90 by the time we finished. The animals may have been smart enough to get out of the sun, but if I wanted to get a good view I had to stand right in the sun. Thank goodness for very large brimmed hats.
For this spread, I'm standing at one end of the duck enclosure while Roseanne and her camera are stationed at the other. Basically this meant that the ducks would come up to me and then quickly run away since they couldn't get past me. But they were moving all the time. Because of that constant movement they were a great warm up. I was using a sepia fountain pen from Japan.
I got two sketches I'm really pleased with even with all the movement. On the right-hand page, top left there are two sketches, one is bending its neck. I can use both of those. A successful venture. Of course trying to get feet details was impossible. They were moving through grass that was 2 feet high in places.
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