All the pretty places that you may think of for landscape drawings are also great for animal studies. The seashore, for example, offers a constantly changing mix of shells and seashore life. Some of that life you can even bring home to work on later, while some of it (shells, for example) will have to stay outside or be soaked in a little mild bleach to clean it.
When your mate wants to go fishing, don't stay home; take your sketchbook and draw the fish, seashore life, or water birds.
The shore can offer up an interesting array of still life subjects—both living and inert. After that oceanscape, do some studies of the smaller creatures and objects the scene holds within it. Shells are a particularly good subject for practicing how to render texture, while also mastering some challenging shapes.
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