Saturday, April 7, 2012

American bison

Sketch in the Midori Traveler. Right hand page is Rives BFK "Tan" paper and is about 4" x 8". Done with pen and ink and gouache.

American bison = "the largest land mammal in North America".  (One wonders about the qualifier "land". Are there, like, Giant Squids living in Lake Superior?)

The little map shows the original range of the American bison, from up near Alaska, east to the Appalachians, down south to near the Caribbean coast and then around down into what is now northern Mexico. Remarkable.

(The GIF is an Eadweard Muybridge motion study, c. 1887, borrowed stolen from Wikipedia.)
For more animated GIFS, see flux machine. My favorite is "Bruges". Splat!


MiataGrrl said...

Were you looking this bison in the face as you sketched it?? From life? Yowza! I can barely sketch a flamingo from life!

- Tina

Observe Closely said...

From life? Heavens no. There being very few bison hereabouts in suburban DC. I did do a 2-week photo workshop once, many eons ago, in Yellowstone and Grant Teton NPs and we had one or two bison "encounters", that doing this pic reminded me of.