I had a chance to visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone while on our trip through the park and get some concentrated sketching time in. It was a lot more challenging than I’d anticipated – both the bears and the wolves were constantly on the move, interacting with each other and their enclosures, changing poses every minute. It really pushed me to focus on the basic shapes and outlines and forgo the details.
It was hard, but it really upped my game. Having only ever drawn these animals from google searches prior, I noticed afterward that my ability to sketch them from imagination was noticeably improved. I have heard that being able to sketch an accurate silhouette is key to realistic work, and I think this particular trip really drilled those tell-tale shapes of bears and wolves into my subconscious.