I didn’t manage to catch the Inktober train this year but I have been drawing regularly prior to NaNoWriMo. I want to get as much drawing out of my system as I can, before I disappear into the realm of words for a whole month.
I also finally got around to making a header picture to emblazon the top of my RedBubble portfolio. After several false starts, I settle for a pink, purple and blue unicorn galloping through space. I think that this, more than anything else that I attempted, best summarises the type of art I have in my portfolio!
Cover/header for my RedBubble portfolio. Digital painting – flokot.redbubble.com.
Some speculative sketches of Coelophysis with proto-feathers. I am trying to get up-to-date on where dinosaur palaeontology is at these days, as much of what I learned as a 12-year-old dinosaur nerd is somewhat out of date. No longer are these critters considered the cannibalistic and scaly monsters I knew of as a child! What an exciting time to be alive, though, to observe from my layperson’s distance the evidence for feathered dinosaurs that was, in my childhood dinosaur books, largely speculation.
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This is a 2008 sketch in graphite of the Mongolian dinosaur genus Bagaceratops. As observers of my drawings may notice, dinosaurs have formed a perennial theme for me. I absolutely love drawing their unique forms, studying books about them, learning about their fascinating history and generally being an all-round dino geek. It’s an obsession I have had since the age of 12 and now I’m in my early 30s* (when did that happen?!) I still can’t shake the need to return to the dinosaurian and pterosaurian themes in my art.
Lots of quick sketches on a rainy Friday night. Stained glass-inspired angels. Recent Museum-trip inspired dinosaurs.
Sketchbook – July 2015
Sketchbook – July 2015
In July we paid a quick visit to Melbourne Museum to wander through the dinosaur exhibit. I think my 12-year-old self came to life. I find dinosaurs incredibly intriguing animals and great drawing subjects. But sometimes life works out in such a way that the country bumpkin born-and-raised geek girl doesn’t get to experience city luxuries – like museums. So finally getting to spend some deliberate time in the dinosaur exhibit was long overdue. One thing I hadn’t quite appreciated is just how large the hadrosaurs were. I know that there are usually helpful silhouetted man next to reconstructed fossil diagrams in dinosaur books, but nothing compares to really beholding in real life the sheer size of what must have been amazing animals. Sorry, that was a long sentence.
This is a really, really rough sketch, inspired by an illustration of Edmontosaurus.
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. God Himself is not secure, having given man dominion over His works! Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Faith alone defends. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable." -Helen Keller