Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pemaquid Point and Eastern Egg Rock Studies

We spent a few days on the Maine Midcoast recently, and I carved out some time to do these landscapes and sketches. All of these are watercolor on recycled watercolor Sketchbook paper. Head over to Flickr to see the bigger versions.

6.25.14 Pemaquid Point

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

6.25.14 Pemaquid Point

I feel like, with it's lighthouse overlooking a sea as angry as an old man trying to send back soup in a diner, it's "locals only" art gallery and quirky-as-all-get-out gift shop, Pemaquid Point is Maine as imagined by people who do not live in it.

6.25.14 New Harbor

Still, I'm also a sucker for an iconic rocky coast dotted with little islands, like this one in nearby New Harbor.

6.25.14 New Harbor

I was also taken by the surreal world just underneath the piers.

But seabirds are what we came to see. So here are the residents of Eastern Egg Rock including the iconic Puffins and a swimming Bald Eagle:

6.25.14 Eastern Egg Rock

6.25.14 Eastern Egg Rock

I'd highly recommend Hardy Boat Cruises' Puffin Safari.  The sea is rough, but the journey to and from the island is quick and the field biologist hosts, many of whom were directly involved in the ongoing Puffin and Arctic Tern conservation project, are informative and entertaining.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Glen Keane's "Duet"

I've probably mentioned before that Glen Keane is one of my art-heroes.  A few weeks ago, seemingly out of nowhere, he dropped this beautiful short on the animation community.  It's called "Duet" and good lordy is it ever gorgeous.



It's so... beautiful... photo sobeautiful.png

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Sketch of the Day!

This is why Book-Stuart Little is a way, way better character than Movie-Stuart Little.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sketches from the National Zoo

To keep things succinct, let me just say that the National Zoo is more awesome than I ever expected.

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Dogs of DC

Recent family events brought me to Washington DC for a while.  I managed to carve out enough time to draw some of the animals there.  Here are all the cool dogs we met walking around the city:


4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

Next week, sketches from the National Zoo!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I've Been Extremely Busy Lately So Here Come Links Of Interest!

Without further ado...

* - First of all, Flying Trilobite has a new website!

* - Ethan Kocak of "The Black Mudpuppy" has been drawing an outstanding "Tetrapod Zoology" comic.

* - Meredith Woerner of io9 pretty much confirmed my worst fears about "Maleficent".

* - Try not to cry during this Blank on Blank animation of one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last interviews.

* - Between the latest entry in the Laser Age series and the Movie of the Week features about "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", the Dissolve has been knocking it out of the park.

* - The bizarre psychology of false beliefs.

* - Tough Pigs is working their way through "The Jim Henson Hour" in it's entirety and reviewing every episode.

* - Michael Crawford of Progress City did a nice overview of the history of the Disney Afternoon.

* - We know a few more plot details for "Jurassic Park 4ever After" and... they're *a little* reassuring.  A *little*.

* - Passport to Dreams' "The Age of Not Believing" explores a very odd period in the history of (mostly live-action) Disney feature films.

* - Why scary stories are good for kids, via Muddy Colors.

* - The new podcast KnightRaptor is quite good.

* - It's no news that Cartoon Network has a weird (to put it kindly) attitude towards toys, but man, they screwed up big by not producing this astounding thing.

* - And finally, here's a circa 1988 promotional video of Sullivan/Bluth studios in Ireland.  It's fascinating, yet sad in a way that's hard to put into words.

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Sketch of the Day! A Unicorn for Sketch Dailies:

5.1.14 - Sketch Dailies Unicorn

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Let's Finish Reading the Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder!

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Continuing our journey through the Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder written by Dr. Michael Benton and published by Kingfisher books in 1992. The color illustrations are by Jim Channell and David Holmes, and line illustrations are by Kevin Maddison and Ralph Orme.  As a few readers have mentioned, some of the illustrations were featured in Orbis Publishing's Dinosaurs magazine.  I've previously experienced one of the massive compilations of that magazine and boy was it an adventure.

Anyway, look at that Oviraptor! Look at it!

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

As I said before, Ornithopods come off very badly in this book. This ugly-ass Parasaurolophus is a low point.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

While it's nice to have a (not horizontal but still) bipedal Prosauropod, this is all I can see:

Creepy little hands...

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Is it me or is Pliohippus here downright sinister-looking? Like something horsey and unpleasant from Celtic folklore.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

There's something super cute about these overly beaky Protoceratopses.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

I think I used that Freak Deer gif too soon...

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

I'll admit part of my inordinate love for Therizinosaurs (or Segnosaurs) is based on the fact that nobody had any idea what to make of these guys for years. Freaky fish-guy Segnosaurus is one of my favorite largely forgotten paleoart memes, but in this book it takes a back-seat to this family tree:

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Ahahaha, oh wow.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

A fairly jolly-looking Styracosaurus, though he seems to have been drawn by someone who had only a vague idea of what the beast looked like.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Ah, Supersaurus. Again, this page pretty much speaks for itself.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

And the Syntarsus illustration that led to me finding this book again. What's up, old buddy?

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

And finally, we'll end our journey with these... less than majestic-looking Tyrannosauruses. Those limbs...

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Sketch of the Day! I've given it some thought, and I have realized that of all the "You really had to be there" moments I've ever experienced on the Internet, Twitch Plays Pokemon is at least in the top five "You REALLY had to be there"-est.  (We'll never forget you, Zexxy.)

3.24.14 - Bringing Zexxy Back

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Let's Keep Reading the Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder!

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Continuing our journey through the Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder written by Dr. Michael Benton and published by Kingfisher books in 1992. The color illustrations are by Jim Channell and David Holmes, and line illustrations are by Kevin Maddison and Ralph Orme.

We're confronted by a pack of extremely 80's-looking Deinonychosaurs. These guys are not nearly as fascinating as the accompanying Deinonychosaur family tree graphic, which is a relic from the days when you could be suspected of being part of this family if you happened to have large claws. Behold!

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Yeah but... ... ... ...Okay, then.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

You're looking good there, Gastornis.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Moving away from dinosaurs for a moment, we have this Dimetrodon, who looks positively cuddly. Like an ugly-cute puppy.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Here's Gallimimus sporting a very odd-looking beak...

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

And Hadrosaurus sporting seemingly no beak at all. She's anatomically off anyway, but that head...

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Honestly, Ornithopods, like this parroty Hypsilophodon, make out pretty bad overall in this book. Brace yourselves for this next one:

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Those hands...

Here are a couple of full-text pages that kind of speak for themselves. Though the first one at least solves a mystery from an earlier post.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Finally, I want these guys to star in a children's book entitled, The Grouchy Ichtyhyosaurs:

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

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Sketch of the Day! Cute Monster Girl style Medusa for Sketch Dailies:

Sketch Dailies - Medusa