I started off with the Pterosaur exhibit first, then proceeded to my favorite section~the Age of Mammals. It blows my mind to think that many of these large animals lived here~right in California~and that we had the American Lion, which was a third bigger then the African Lion. I drew a lot that day, and my brain was fried by the time I got to the Lions. Check out the progression of skill: Pterosaurs, roughly drawn in semi darkness, had lunch, blood sugar went up, here I get the cleanest drawings in the Dinosaur Hall, then my brain gets tired and the two last pages, the sketches get looser. I've got eye and brain fatigue.
Which is frustrating since we finally get to the Big Cats and my brain is fried! I don't know what it is~when I get to the Big Cats, the Lions, the Sabors, I get teary eyed. They are my absolute favorite. All curves and tapers. Beautiful inside and out. All paws and teeth. Out of all the bones I've ever sketched, the prehistoric mammals, esp. the Big Cats grab my imagination; they are so majestic and are the epitome of incredible design.