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After Dottie's death I started going once or twice to the Como Zoo. It's only 10 minutes away and provides some live animals to observe and draw. Without a Daily Dot to do I needed that. I started work in a sketchbook I made from Lion's Cover, a medium weight, cream-white paper that comes from the Barcham Green Mill, and, therefore, is discontinued.

This sketch uses watersoluble colored pencil. I couldn't get the density of black I wanted mixing blues and oranges so I did go in after the washes were dry and restate with an ink pen. This paper isn't good for watersoluble colored pencil, but it works great with gouache and watercolor.

It was cold this day (15 degrees Farhenheit) and I found trying to sketch the fast pacing bird frustrating. Ostriches have a very interestingly shaped head. I spent most of my time trying to capture some recognition of the angles.

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