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Academy of Sciences Animal Studies by comixqueen Academy of Sciences Animal Studies by comixqueen
I went to the California Academy of Sciences last week with my class. So much fun, OMG! :la:
The idea was to sketch the animals and dioramas (mostly dioramas) there to then develop a character based on one of them. It had to be either a quadruped or a bird, though. Couldn't be an invertebrate or fish or snake.
My final character design is here: Hirola Character by comixqueen

Seems our field trip happened to line up with the field trips of, like, all the Elementary Schools in the area, because there were countless tour groups of children there...
At one point, a little girl sort of attached herself to me and orbited around me for what felt like 15 minutes or so. That would've been fine (heck, adorable, even!) if she hadn't been disrupting my drawing focus by asking so many questions, many of them the same 5 or 6 over and over again....("Are you really and artist? Do you really love drawing? Why are you copying it? Are you going to show it to everyone? Are you going to take it home and color it? Are you really an artist?" etc, etc :dead:)
The ink sketch of the sable antelope is a direct response to this.
Thank god for my zoo docent training! Otherwise I wouldn't have known how to deal with her!

Artwork © comixqueen 2014 do not copy, reference, alter, or redistribute without permission
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Stagsleap Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore drawing at the Academy. I had a membership for a year, just to go and draw. I think their memberships are faaar too expensive, however. The deYoung museum next door is also a fabulous place to draw, and their memberships are much more affordable.

I'm lucky that I haven't had too many young ones run me through the question mill, but regardless, for many young people, it may be their only real experience interacting with a working artist. Artists are still relatively misunderstood and undervalued in our society, so it's important that young people experience artists in a positive light. :)
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Anellyz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
I'm guessing grabbing the girl and throwing her into the lion pit is not an appropriate response? :evillaugh:

Anyways, field trips to animal-places, nnnngh, you lucky poop. The sketches look real nice, what's the little piebald bald-tailed animal you drew on the next before last page? The one next to the... woodpecker, i think?
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student
:iconteheplz: Hmm, there's an idea!

Well, this place is less animal-place and more dead-stuffed-animals place. It was still a ton of fun, though. The little piebald animal next to the ivory-billed woodpecker is a spotted cuscus. They are super-neat animals! Check 'em out! :la:
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Anellyz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Damn, they are so weird-cute, and their name just adds to the adorableness! NNnnngh, WHY HAD I NEVER HEARD OF SUCH A CREATURE?? Damn i love'm! :iconsuperlaplz:
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Ningeko16 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous studies!
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student
Thank you! :)
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Ningeko16 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your most welcome!
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Battouga-Sharingan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I ALSO WENT TO THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES LAST WEEK WITH MY SCHOOL OMG! The reason why was that the principal chose students who have a 3.0 or higher and also pass the CAHSEE test.

I wish I had drawn stuff from there you're lucky -3-

The sketches are absolutely marvelous! O//^//O

Every artist has that one person with the questions and questions and in my head I'm always like "I can draw. You can see. Why is this happening to me?"

What day did you go?
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student
Thanks.

I went on Thursday.
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Battouga-Sharingan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awww I went on Friday -3-
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