5/25/12, pencil, colored pencil, Hand Book watercolor sketchbook
This is Towan, the “big boss” orangutan at Woodland Park
Zoo. He seemed lethargic at first, but eventually began to perk up a bit and
even seemed to take notice that I was sketching him. He made eye contact with
me many times and moved closer to the corner where I was sketching. I was told
by a man who was also observing the 44-year-old orangutan that Towan is
sometimes given chalk or markers to draw with. I like to think that Towan and I
bonded briefly over our common penchant for sketching.