Inspired by Ohara Koson. This piece was actually created back in October as part of the Inktober challenge, but which I neglected to post at the time. The original now belongs in the collection of a very kind friend, supporter, and fellow artist (illuminator, sculptor, and jeweler extraordinaire), Sophie Klesen.
Happy New Year!
Sir Henry Norton Manley encounters a Dreadnoughtus schrani. I think she may be dreading him a little.
I’d long known of Bristol board but never used it before. I’ve found that ink ‘beads’ on it, resulting in thicker lines than I might like, but conversely, its glassy smoothness can sometimes be helpful for nibs.
One of the reactions I often receive from friends, acquaintances, and anyone else who happens to have seen my work in person is a kind of astonishment at the small sizes I often work at, and the extent of the pieces’ intricacy at those scales. In spite of seeing the labeled measurements and being able to view scans in detail on the screen, these aspects don’t seem to be quite appreciable enough until the originals are seen in person. There is also, of course, the usual issue of colours not being quite perfectly replicated in the scans.
I try when possible to take photographs of particularly small pieces such as these art cards — usually with a penny for scale — to hopefully give some measure of what the originals are like.
First watercolour washes.
Detail, nearing completion.
I had hoped to share this a while ago when I had finally completed Darwin‘s companions: Oscar, his pianist, and Wallace, his butler. In the event, his friends turned out to be rather more highly finished than Darwin himself, so I delayed this post on the grounds that I would re-work Darwin first. As I’m unsure when I may get to it, however, and with a mind to keeping this blog ticking over, here it is now.
To read more about who this trio are, please visit my post about them on Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs, where I also go into some geeky detail about my decisions for their depiction.