So apparently this here is a male puku. I suppose you learn something new every day. According to wikipedia a puku is a medium sized type of antelope native to Tanzania. That makes me feel a little bit less ignorant because when I saw the reference photo for this the first word that sprung to my mind was “antelope”. It’s good to know than I was not wrong. There are just whole subspecies of antelopes that I had no idea about. Another wiki click tells me that “antelope” is actually a wastebasket taxon, which is pretty much what it sounds like, just a miscellaneous grouping of similar species that don’t fall into predefined categories. So it’s not really a species at all but a class encompassing 91 different species of which the puku is one. That’s a whole lot more information than I had in my head half an hour ago. My mind is pretty much blown.
Who knew you could learn so much just by choosing a random photo to draw for the day? A while ago I decided that I liked the idea of doing at least one animal sketch a week. I like drawing animals, not quite as much as I like drawing people, but I still like it. So I was toying with the idea of assigning an “Animal Drawing Day”, the way I have a “Figure Drawing Thursday” and “Hand Drawing Sunday”. I don’t really want to end up regimenting all of the days of the week though so in the end I decided to be a bit less rigid about this one and just keep it kicking around in the back of my mind.
When I was considering a specific day to assign to animal drawings though I was leaning towards Tuesday. So when I couldn’t decide on anything specific to draw for today I decided to just filter the usual Something To Draw site by ‘animals‘. That is what led me to the puku, courtesy of a lovely photo submitted by Achim.