"Penguin with Drum" Pencil Copyright 2011 Jessica Boehman
Finally, the last in the Delacorte Clock series. I'm glad they're over, especially as we might be moving away from the vicinity of the clock itself. They are so handsome as a set. The penguin house at the Central Park Children's Zoo is awesome. You can push your nose against the glass and watch as a penguin comes face-to-face with you. They are buoyant and happy as they bob in the water or shoot by under the surface. Up above, they hop and preen and push their wings back in the funniest way that makes it look like they are Italian and are ready for a fight.
"The Delacorte Animals" Pencil Copyright 2010-2011 Jessica Boehman
"Hippo with Violin" Pencil Copyright 2011 Jessica Boehman
Finally another installment in the Dancing Animal series inspired by NYC's Delacorte Clock (still my favorite place in this town and what I'll miss most when we move out of the neighborhood).
The Hippo was a bit daunting to me, but actually, I love the way he turned out. I started real work on this one on the Staten Island Ferry and it is my first finished drawing since ending the semester grading. It feels good to be back after such a long delay. It's hard not to think of the Fantasia Hippos dancing in tutus. Maybe this guy plays the music for them...One more to go: the Penguin with Drum. Happy Summer Break!
I'm lucky enough to live just a few blocks away from a free outdoor public exposition of Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads, a series of massive bronze casts of the twelve heads corresponding to the twelve Chinese lunar years. Especially due to the recent political scandal and arrest of the artist in China, having these at such a close distance feels like a real treat. The level of realism varies wildly...the rabbit and monkey are almost cartoonish, while the tiger and rooster have a lot of textural detail. Stealing the show, as he normally does, is the dragon. He's dynamic and beautiful and full of life. There's also something to be said for its gory connotations...after all, these are heads on spikes. It's worth seeing if you get to NYC or Central Park...it's by Pultizer Fountain (59th and 5th, between Central Park South and the Plaza Hotel).