Zoo Sketching with Aaron Blaise – Drawing Lions, Tigers and Bonobos

Hey, everybody, Aaron Blaise here, and I’m
with Prokopiko. And we are in… It’s Prokopiko. Prokopiko, no, we’ll go with that. No, start over, start over. Hey, everybody, welcome to Proko. My name is Stan Prokopenko. Oh *bleep* I’m with Aaron Blaise. Hey, how are you doing? We’re here at the San Diego Zoo. We’re gonna do some animal drawing, just have
some fun. And, Aaron, I actually have three ideas. Okay. So, first one, telephone. So we both start drawings… Like the old telephone game. Yeah, but it’s only two, two rounds. But we had to… So we swap, and then we finish each other’s
drawings. Okay, that sounds good. Option two, police sketches. I’ll describe an animal. You don’t know what I’m describing. Okay. And at the very end, I’m like, “And it has
a trunk.” And you’re like, “Oh, crap, I drew a penguin.” And now you gotta add a trunk to it, right? That’s pretty cool. So, okay, that one, and then the other one…you
animated “Pocahontas.” I did. So I can dress up as sexy Pocahontas, and
then you can draw me as Proko hot *beep* Okay let’s do that. We’ll do that one. That one sounds good. I like that one. All right. Yeah, that’s exactly… All right, now I gotta take a leak… Oh we’re
on camera. Hey, what’s up buddy? Look at that. He wants to eat us. Wow. No! I’m no Aaron Blaise. I can’t draw you moving. See, I like when they repeat like this because
then you can just keep…you wait until they come back, and then you get another little
piece of the drawing. Alright. Move on? Yeah. I can not do cats. That’s okay. What, you gonna draw this now? That’s an awesome pose, man. You can’t pass up this pose, and I know how
much you love drawing cats. I love cats. Nice. Get it? Yeah. Man, he’s such an… I love his… Aaron, what if I started telling everyone
that you animated “Lion King”? Don’t. Don’t. Look at this guy. Is that the snow leopard? No. The thing I think about when I’m drawing a
cat’s face. All right. I’ve never drawn a cat’s face. Oh, that’s gonna be good. All media… Let’s go over here. How do I… Be ready. Delete, delete, yes. A little anatomy lesson going on right here. Wait, hold on. Oh, yes. There, I’m all set up now. Oh, look at that, like it was nothing. Holy crap. All right, show me how to draw a cat’s face. Okay, all right. Okay, so, a cat’s skull comes down, and we
have the big cheekbones, big, big cheekbones that come out here. And the jaw comes up. Yeah, so, for… So, I think about what’s…well, I do think
about the cheekbones and the eye sockets and all that. Just, like, as a curve through there? Yeah, if you’re drawing a lion, lions tend
to be, if you looked at them in profile, tend to be here and a bit of a break here, as far as their
profile goes, like this. Oh, right. Other cats are… Dogs are more like this. These are parallel, so that’s a cat trait
right here. So, that’s one thing that… Yeah, it looks more aerodynamic, huh? Yeah, that’s one thing that makes a cat a
cat is that, and a dog is this. Like that, okay, so… My dog has no snout. Yes, exactly. He’s a shih tzu. It’s just… There she is. Oh, look. Oh, looking. Wait, where’s the meat? See that forehead she has? Yeah, it goes down. Snow leopards have a forehead, so they have
this break right here. That makes it more snow leopard. Like, if we did this, like, the silhouette
over… Yeah. That’s cool. You get that shape, the cheekbones coming
back, and then they’ve a lot of muscle right in there. Put the eye in. Right…you gotta make sure it stays right
about the bridge of the nose, coming in like that. Awesome. So, I’ve seen a cat’s head simplified like
this. Tell me if I’m wrong. I’ll make it really, really simple for people. Sure. You get a block, and then from here something
like that. And then is that a good three-dimensional
shape to think about? Somewhat. Mine looks more like a bear for some reason. Yeah, what happened… What did I do wrong? You have a little bit of a break, but it really
does have to… This is too low, huh? I was gonna say you don’t want, on the nose,
this kind of thing you’ve got. You’ve got this, and then coming up like that,
kind of break. Got it. You want it to come down like so. So, once again, I just think of this, and
then a little break, and then you just wanna make sure you get that kind of thing in three
dimensions. Pointed at me? What? What’s up, Aaron? How are you doing over here? All right. Look at his butt. I know. That’s great. I hope he stays there for a while. Oh, he’s done. Oh, there goes the pose. Well, that’s good. Yeah, Aaron, come here. I wanna get that eagle, too. They’re posing right now like crazy. Look at this. Are you kidding? Are you kidding? Oh my gosh, he’s showing the picture. That was so cute. Just knock down the glass. Oh, look, he’s trying to get you back. Oh my god. Look at that. She’s walking closer. She wants to see what we’re doing. Really? Yeah. She likes the beard, huh? Yeah, she’s interested. Wow, what a good job. Thank you. Is this Karen? That’s Karen. Oh, I’ll make sure to write that down. This is Karen. Okay, I’m gonna put this here, let her look
at that. 25 minutes or so? It was a long time. Yeah, she was sitting there forever just staring
at us. Yeah, she likes it. You know, she does some drawing. She draws? Yeah, she…we had another one, Janey, and
they used to give her chalk and things, like… That is amazing. …stuff to draw. So she’s just studying. Uh-huh, she’s saying, “Okay let me see if
I can draw them.” That’s great. Oh, man. That makes it so much better. That’s awesome. Karen. All right. Thank you so much. I appreciate it. You’re the policeman. I’m just a lost, innocent bystander to this
crime. Yeah, you just witnessed it. Yeah, I just witnessed this, and I don’t even
know what just happened. Let’s do this. Okay, well, it’s got a tail. It does have a tail? It does. Okay. There’s the tail. And I guess while you’re at it, it’s kind
of a round body. A round body? Yeah, it’s not a long, skinny body. It’s more of… So you’re talking like the trunk and rib? Yeah, the whole…the rib cage to belly area
is kinda round. It’s got a long face. You’re taking me down the road. Does it really have a long face or you’re
just leading me down a false path? No, it’s got a long face, for sure. We’re going from the body to the face. What’s connecting the body to the face? I don’t remember yet. And, actually, I’ve moved…I’ve put the head
way too close to the body but… Even for a horse. Yes, way too close, but that’s okay. Well, you’ve got the body right so far. So, yeah, it’s got, you know… It’s got the arms or scapulas? It’s got long legs like a horse. It does? Not…well, longer than a horse, longer legs
than a horse. Oh, I know what it is. If that’s the tail, and if it’s longer than
a horse…I gotta start over. No ,you don’t. You’re gonna have to make it work. I can’t fit it all in here. Just keep going. I’m gonna draw it right off the page then. Okay, yeah, that’s fine. Man, you know, I thought this was gonna be
funny. It’s sad. You drew exactly… Come on. Come on, man. I thought we were gonna get some Frankenstein. You threw it down. You drew the exact animal. It’s like… See, man. Hey, I do this for a living. Okay, it’s got a long neck. All right. I’m a pro. I’m all disappointed actually. Here you go. Thanks. Someone go arrest a giraffe. Yeah, right. Yeah, all right. Hey, let’s go draw some animals. Yeah, let’s… He’s not stressed. He just done have the insidious case of diarrhea. Going nyeeeahh Twisted my ankle. You scared the *beep* out of me. Overdramatic. I’m suing. Giraffes? Yeah, let’s do something we haven’t done yet. Well the giraffes are right there. Giraffes. They don’t like me. Every time I go up to one, it moves. Come on, are you kidding me? I pick the wrong one every time. Again. Oh, she’s coming back here. All right, let me draw you. Perfect, buddy, stay right there. That is exactly where I want you- nooo you little! Oh, see you later, alligator. Ah, see that? There’s your ending. There’s your pun right there for the end of
the show. I like it. What kind of dog is that?


  • James E.

    Oh my!

  • TatTvamAsi

    Wouldn't working on quick gesture drawing prepare you for moving animals?

  • IEkUu

    Por que esta en español esto? haha

  • Noah Olson

    I love the way the orangutan tries to observe the way he draws him

  • Jovanie Bandiola

    hello masters 😊

  • CNSproductions14

    going nnnnnnnnnnneom

  • A Cosmic Castaway

    Giraffe hates "Prokopiko".

  • key the 1st


  • Popcornid

    Real artists!

  • Julio

    Ese comportamiento de ir venir es muestra de lo estresados que estan. Pobre tigresito. Más allá de eso, estos dos dibujantes son una verdadera inspiración, de verdad son increíbles

  • natskis

    As a person who's trying to get into illustrating … this was brilliant. Thank you Proko… and I am humbled by Aaron Blaise. Didn't realise how prolific he is. Nothing but <3

  • Tatiana x0

    How do you do that? Like evvery trace comes out perfect, without having to erase it! I have to mess up, erase and retry a milion times to get it like just good.

  • BellaColor

    i lost it at "what kind of dog is that?". you guys gotta do another video together again that was such a fun video to watch

  • thevil

    Whenever I come here, I am Karen.

  • kaichen bo

    how sweet was that karen realy was interested in what you were doing. cool

  • Janbert Guerrero

    You can call them,
    Aaron the animal teacher and
    Proko the human teacher

  • Toqa Dirany

    Acts just like me while watching my idol drawing 😂😂😂

  • ren butt

    Very strange to see a master outside his comfort zone.

  • Lauriti

    10:21 is just pure wholesomeness

  • Exxon Valdez

    Seriously, what kind of dog was it?

  • AaronMcGruder

    Aaron Blaise seems like a cool guy

  • iksanfianka

    butt… pointing to the lady butt*

  • Ivan Olarte

    i need a drawing friend

  • Maximus Gigantos

    A master is always a Master! Master!

  • Carrietal

    Proko, Nice video! Where you get yuor Go-pro Table?

  • Stephan

    what kind if pen are they using?

  • sachin s m


  • laz-lo

    Holy crap, Stan has legs!

  • Rick Grayson

    Two of my art heroes! Just started drawing back in June 2017 when I got my amazing iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and it's been a joy!

  • Ryan Hoefert

    This really looks like a great time. I'll definitely be bringing my sketchbook to my next zoo trip!

  • Vicente isaac Lopez valdez

    Is that vegan?

  • Just a random dude

    If you want to test yourself draw a real life giraffe 😆

  • here come Dat boy

    No kangaroos? :^)

  • HeyItsRB

    I’m mostly focused on Mr.Blaise’s sketching medium- does anyone know where to buy or how to make?

  • blue butterfly

    Such a great video. Stan, your videos bring joy to my life! And afterwards I really have an urge to grab my art material and draw, paint, all of it. Thanks for inspiring people!

  • Onemanshowoff

    Welcome to the San Diego zoo, complete with fake rocks.
    Wow, that looks real.

  • Dominica Roberts

    I want to know what camera set up or product Stan uses to film his drawing in action… I've never seen one like that. Anyone know?

  • Sakura petal


  • Klay Thoring

    what is the magical drawing stand? it looks so portable and functional!

  • Pj Lewis

    I love it when you team up with your fun artist buds & draw together.

  • Abdullah Nasher

    Normally an artist must draw tell the last pulse of her,his heart.

  • M. Silva

    Prokopicoo ;)))

  • Terri Baddie

    Can you tell me what camera are you using to focus the paper and what support?

  • MidnightCanvas

    Holy shit when the animals came around to look at their sketches, I want to be that powerful

  • J EM


  • Regina Bell

    Lol I’m laughing because how Proko was standing there like Tiger can you be still just a second and Aaron Blaise was almost done while the tiger was moving. Lol I know your pain I don’t think I can draw a moving subject.

  • Chris W

    Were you guys using graphite, charcoal, or brush pens, or what?

  • Rilakuma cake roll Amy

    你哋好搞鬼。 兩位都係高手 both are masters. Love the humours that you both are carrying. That’s why I love your art. Am a Procreator too. Can’t wait to get back to Chicago to draw that lady tiger again!

  • Austin Cota

    15:55 This has to become a meme

  • Josaleen Cisneros

    The song they were playing when they were drawing the giraffes was so annoying

  • Josaleen Cisneros

    I love the vid and I love them just not that song

  • Destiny Rose

    Hello I'm a beginner and lacking bad in my art with animals… Can I have any tips to start please? 🙂

  • yymin-ouch san

    the animals are just drawn towards Aaron.
    * no pun intended *

  • julie beals

    [s that a "camera Obscura" device that Proko is using ?

  • Proko

    Check out Aaron's Lion Masterpiece Demo – https://proko.com/blaise

  • David Stocco

    I was shaking watching this video!!! I don´t know if anyone feels the same!! It was like a chilhood dream come true. I always dream about meeting him and thnk you for making the Lion King. My favourite animator he is the reason why I started drawing. I miss the old anymation style rather than computer animated films. Thank you Stan for sharing this amazing experience with us. Cheers from Argentina.

  • minh phan

    Both idol

  • S Wil

    Fun! Love the video!

  • CloudShifter

    What a combo!

  • 3DaveP

    Spending the day drawing animals at the zoo with a Disney Animator like Aaron Blaise – what a dream come true for any artist in my field. The only way it could possibly get better would be to draw with Glen Keane – I learned so much watching you both thank you so much for this!

  • catoblepag

    I wonder if Aaron Blaise respects Osamu Tezuka's work. The Disney Corporation sure didn't, and they still claim the Lion King is their first completely original story.

  • Jonathan Doe

    Kazoo track during the giraffe sequence is pretty goddamn intense 🤘

  • Riley Naehu

    8:47 who's butt were you pointing at exactly?lol

  • Frankie Cardona

    What is Aaron using

  • Wonderful Mlambo

    amaizing talented guys .i love b lyk u

  • Inspiration Collection Network Paris Zepeda

    Who in their right mind could possibly press thumbs down…
    Lol this is wonderful

  • shimaa shams

    Very nice 😍😍

  • Brigette 5280

    Very enjoyable video…

  • mikayla

    So cool to see your two different styles!

  • Scotty Davlin

    8:50 We know what butt you were really referring to.

  • Kipling Bassil

    I remember watching this a few days after it came out and as soon as that orangutan came up to Aaron I dropped everything and went to the zoo with my sketchbook and had the best time

  • Filmsparks

    I would be drawing the birds if I was doing zoo sketching

  • Beverly Green

    What kind of pencils or pen?

  • Kirill Litvinov

    Awesome video, bravo, guys !

  • Joe Rodriguez

    That queen Proko acts like she needs an excuse to dress up in drag lol

  • Game Spy

    Whose butt was he talking about?

  • abdul malik

    I tried this at my zoo and i get so stressed 🙁

  • Luiza Mendoza

    i need to get my ass to a zoo

  • josue macias

    I really enjoy watching this, thank you guys¡¡

  • TheRazorlash

    Aaron Blaise the Chad

  • Kelly Luna


  • nadatomata

    Proko: let me show you how to draw portraits, human anatomy, and correct shading

    Also Proko: How do u draw a cat?

  • naly202

    10:22 gave me goosebumps. True art lover.

  • QuesoGr7

    So the the shape of a feline's head slopes downward like the front of a sports car where a dog's is more like a truck?

  • Daniel Kintigh

    The part where you guys talked about drawing a cats face was awesome. I need more of that!

  • Tito Miranda

    blaise is so good that the monkeys wanna watch him draw lol

  • gmeliberty

    What were the drawing materials Aaron was using when drawing the primates? Were they oil based leads? Thanks.

  • Pan Makser

    what a freaking blast, I have so much fun watching,

  • Evamaren

    Of course the giraffe didn't like you – you had just accused it of a crime! 😉

  • Carl Pinson

    AB genuinely loves the animals, you can tell by how he looks at them.

  • Jade Pelayo

    🦁🙋🏻‍♂️HEY FIVE!

  • Andrew Li

    Good video Prokopiko!

  • SankDES

    Such a nice experience you had. And so relaxing explanation when you was drawing <3

  • CountdownSmiles

    Kinda disappointed they didn't do the telephone thing… oh well, great video

  • Sudip Sarkar

    Love it

  • Benjamin Kusi

    I love you guys

  • Jonathan Hampton

    "What kind of dog is that" -Stan. Wait a minute, that's not a dog…

  • Precious Odnimer

    wishing I had friends to do this wth.

  • Rudy Cueto

    amazing video!

  • BleepingRelics

    I really love your channel and your way of teaching. However it makes me very sad you do the apology of Zoos in this video. Zoos are a hellhole for the animals kept prisoners there. This is disappointing.


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