feathered dinosaurs

October 2016 Art

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.

Here are some of today’s efforts so far!

A Velociraptor sticker design.


Velociraptor-inspired digital painting – flokot.redbubble.com.

Work-in-progress screenshots.

The reference picture in the bottom right corner is from Wikipedia’s Velociraptor mongoliensis page.


Work in progress screenshot, 1.


Work in progress screenshot, 2.

RedBubble Cover Image.

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.







Sketchbook: Coelophysis bauri



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on where dinosaur palaeontology is at these days, as much of what I learned as a 12-year-old dinosaur nerd is somewhat out of date.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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Scenes from this year’s reading pile: Flying Dinosaurs


Flying Dinosaurs: How fearsome reptiles became birds by John Pickrell. This fascinating book by the editor of Australian Geographic is a surprisingly entertaining and informative summary of the various research into the similarities between theropod dinosaurs and birds. I spent most of my teen years as a dinosaur nerd, but for various reasons set it aside. In the last year I’ve started reading up on the topic again and am utterly dumbfounded by the sheer volume of research that’s gone on in the meantime. I’ve discovered that my local library has a brilliant selection of recently published dinosaur books for adults, not just kids, and I look forward to reading my way through the collection!