It might seem odd to have a taxidermist next door but for me, an artist, it’s a great source of animal reference. My neighbor, the taxidermist, is also nice enough to allow me to come over and draw from his menagerie and that’s where I found myself a few days ago. My two kids and his son, Cody, joined me for a little sketch party for about an hour at the shop. We drew from the creatures in the showroom. The wood duck pictured above is a permanent denizen of that wood-lined room.
My 6 year old son, Drew, didn’t care too much for drawing dead animals, so he decided to sit on the 4 wheeler ATV and draw that. I’ve posted his drawing, below because, frankly, I was astounded. You can see the handlebar detail down to the screws and the clutch lines and ignition.