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Weekly Sketch: F is for Fox

At first glance it appears to be a small coyote.

Look closer, and it seems almost like a cross between a coyote and a bobcat, oddly feline in its face and movements.

Then you see the tail, long and luxuriously full, and you know it can only be a fox.

The Gray Fox is the only North American canid that can climb trees! They even like to live in trees for safety.

He makes a handsome addition to my menagerie.

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Weekly Sketch: E is for Egret

I went a little more stylized and art-deco-y this time.


I love egrets. I love their elegant grace and their luminous whiteness.

They populate the ponds and waterways of Texas like bright visitors from some exotic land, and I love them.

An egret lives alone at the water reclamation pond where I work. It’s like his own private oasis. I thought of him while I was drawing this week’s sketch.

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D is for Desert Cottontail

These little guys are all over Texas.


Fun fact: Desert cottontails hardly ever drink water. I feel like I should make a craft beer joke here, because Texas, but desert cottontails really just get all the moisture they need from the plants they eat.

My Texas Wildlife menagerie is growing!

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Weekly Sketch: C is for Cicada

My sketch is a day late this week, and I still didn’t manage to finish it.

The humble but vocal cicada. Its metallic buzz is the sound of a hot summer day in Texas.

This sketch is a clear failure to simplify.¬†Apparently the more familiar I am with my subject matter, the easier it is for me to depict it with a few simple lines. If I’m drawing something I’m not super familiar with, like armadillos or cicadas, I end up with a tall pile of reference photos and a thousand unnecessary details. And in this case, an unfinished sketch. I’ll try to do better next week.

 

 

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Weekly Sketch: B is for Bat

Austin is home to the world’s largest urban bat colony.

About a million and a half Mexican free-tailed bats reside under the Congress Avenue Bridge. They emerge at dusk to hunt mosquitoes and other insects, and return at dawn.

Fun fact: Bats and armadillos are both nocturnal. But armadillos sometimes venture out in daylight, especially in cool weather.

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