Art School Lemming

San Francisco Wildlife #19 

Incredibly, most of the apartment buildings in San Francisco are now designated housing for art students. Apparently, some one tells about 10,000 young creatures per year that enjoying video games and anime is enough of a reason to register for private art school, and that after a few short years, they will be escorted to the gates of the Pixar campus for their first day on the job.

Yes, the one thing you may have heard about lemmings is absolutely true. They will, in fact follow each-other straight off the edge of a cliff. What makes the Art School Lemming unique is that his cliff looks less like a sudden drop in the landscape, more like a towering pile of student loan debt that can never, ever be paid off with his future job as a chalk artist for Trader Joe's.

But don't fret for the Art School Lemming's future. When the seasons change and he flunks out of school, those big skater-punk pants from Hot Topic will convert to a warm, dry shelter.

Welcome to the Astounding World of SF-WildLife

Welcome to my new blog experiment! My name is Ben Walker. I'm an illustrator living in San Francisco, California. Living here has always been my dream. I guess my whole life right now is a fantasy come to life. I live in a smallish one bedroom apartment with a beautiful model and we're crazy in love. I make art and hustle to make rent and pay my bills.

But living in SF is kind of nuts! 

For the first time in my adult life, I am without a car. I walk a lot. It keeps me in shape and on my toes. During the two years I have walked and bussed around this city I have seen some amazing and unbelievable sights. On an average day I see about six truly astounding things; things I might want to recall to a grandchild. When I was say, 20 my friends and I would witness something nutty and it would become an inside joke to be repeated for years. Now I see these kinds of things every day. Have you ever seen a grown man punting bagels across a busy intersection? French teens riding their skateboards on the bus? A junky dancing in a corn costume? That was my Tuesday. 

I have started to record these wild and bizarre characters and situations. Each Weekday I will post a new creature that I have encountered in this untamed city. I hope you all are as fascinated by them as I am.

Welcome to Ben Walker's SF-WildLife!

New Years Resolution Rhino

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The New Years Resolution Rhino can be identified by his doughy physique and trendy, yet ill-advised choice in footwear.