Neotropics

Costa Rica Sketches

Sketches, illustrations and Moleskine drawings from San Jose, Costa Rica and beyond.

Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica Sketch

Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica

The National Theatre of Costa Rica

The National Theatre of Costa Rica, built in 1897, is one of the most stunning buildings in downtown San Jose. Regular and affordable symphony orchestras are performed here, and the building houses some of Costa Rica's finest artwork.

Edificio de Correos y Telégrafos de Costa Rica

Edificio de Correos y Telégrafos de Costa Rica

Edificio de Correos y Telégrafos de Costa Rica

The Central Post Office, or Correos de Costa Rica is San Jose's most stunning building. It was constructed in 1917 and houses the national philatelic museum. I sketched the building with Copic markers and Micron liner pens.

Edificio de Correos y Telégrafos de Costa Rica

Catedral Metropolitana, San Jose, Costa Rica

The Catedral Metropolitana in San Jose, Costa Rica

The Catedral Metropolitana, or Metropolitan Cathedral of San Jose, built in 1871 as a replacement to a cathedral lost in an Earthquake, is located in downtown San Jose, adjacent to the Parque Central, and is one of the most stunning buildings in San Jose. It is also the largest church in San Jose. I sketched this building with Copic markers.

Basilica Cathedral of Lima

Cathedral of Lima

Girl feeds pigeons the Plaza de la Cultura

Watercolor sketch of a girl feeding pigeons at the Plaza de la Cultura.

There are a lot of pigeons throughout San Jose, but they swarm at this center-of-the-city location, where Ticos feed them, or dodge them.

Common Basilisk

Common Basilisk Sketch

Common Basilisk

Adult Common Basilisks have really rich textures. I sketched this basilisk from the Peje Perrito Lagoon, near Carate.

Green Heron

Common Basilisk Sketch

Green Heron

Green Herons are one of my favorite birds, although I never knew why they were called Green Herons, as they reddish, bluish and tannish, but never greenish.

In addition to being one of my most famous birds, these pint-sized herons have also helped me learn some of my most important lessons in travel. Green Herons migrate between almost all of the places I have been visiting as a traveler over the past sixteen years. As I see them in Oregon, California, Minnesota, Louisiana, Abaco, Honduras or Panama, I'm seeing a bird that is possibly there only seasonally. The lesson is about habitat. Regions and geography change, but there are equivalent habitats throughout the world. Wherever a Green Heron is, he's going to be in the equivalent habitat he was in the last place I saw him. To see a Green Heron in different parts of North America is to observe the role of habitat in our world.

 

Golfo Dulce Anole

Common Basilisk Sketch

Golfo Dulce Anole, sometimes called Many-scaled Anole. Sketched in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

Anoles are the most diverse genus of all four-limbed creatures in the world, and because they are also lizards of the Americas, they are dear to me as the magic little creatures out the door. I sketched this Golfo-dulce Anole at Luna Lodge in the Osa Peninsula using watercolor and ink pens. I also photographed an individual displaying its bright yellow-orange dewlap while attempting to lure a female.

 

Costa Rica Moleskine Sketches

These are pages from my Costa Rica journal. This is the journal I use to write my itinerary notes, conversations, sketches and other things I pick up along the way. I write about my travel sketch toolkits in the Roam section of this site. You can also see my map of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica here.

Sketech of Costa Rica Butterfly

Sketch of Costa Rican Ancient Creature Sketch of Costa Rica Tree Sketch of Costa Rica Flora and Fauna Sketch of Costa Rican Tropical Wetland Costa Rica Sketches of Trees

Sketch of Costa Rican Beer Costa Rica Sketches of Dishes and Cuisine Costa Rica Sketches of Fruits Costa Rica Food Sketch Costa Rica Shield Bug Sketch Anole in Costa Rica Sketch Osa Peninsula Sketch