There were far more children there today than I expected mid-week, but I had forgotten about school parties. It made seeing the more popular animals rather a more crowded experience.
I had taken a few pastels this time to see if it made capturing movement easier. Certainly, whole body shapes were done in moments. Thinking about it in the quiet of the evening, the matter of scale is important – using pastels, I should have attempted bigger shapes, easily possible, and also easier to add form and some detail. My best attempts were a 3 minute elephant and a two minute buffalo. Taken as animal sketches, they were just about adequate, but I would have been happier with a larger 10 to 15 minute effort. So size in relation to medium was lesson number one today.
From about 3.30 pm onwards, as the school trips and families went home to tea, the Zoo became quieter and the animals showed themselves more readily. Rhinos stood proud on top of the hill,
and the red panda had a good scratch.