I haven’t really used fineliners extensively in years as their resolute uniformity of line can be frustrating. But I wanted to try out the new Derwent Graphik Line Makers when they were recommended by my friend and fellow artist, Claudia Hahn. I trust Derwent’s quality — and sepia fineliners are so rare. The line weight issue aside, I really do enjoy these as the ink flows so smoothly. It’s a little like drawing with a fountain pen, but without the flex of the nib (although most modern fountain pens have rigid nibs, too, which is also frustrating, but I digress…). The ink is also pigmented, waterproof, and lightfast.
This has been shared elsewhere before, when it was drawn back in 2012. It has since gained a mild popularity among my palaeo friends and has curiously become one of my best-selling prints. I suppose dinosaur puns are the most enjoyable.
On the subject of prints, I was actually reminded to post this by the fact that two of my friends have each coincidentally bought a tote bag of this design from my Redbubble store around the same time.
Of course, if you would prefer it in a different form, it is also available as prints, cards, and throw pillows…
A drawing I made for the Facebook page of Love in the time of Chasmosaurs to celebrate its having gained over 1,000 subscribers. Once again, I tried so not to fuss and labour over this and to just produce a relatively quick sketch. Once again, I failed.
Quick observers will have noted that the flying carpet and lamp are in reference to the One Thousand and One Nights, in honour of the milestone.
This illustration was commissioned by the Science Faculty of the University of Alberta for their holiday card this year. It revisits an older Holiday Hadrosaur theme of mine, only with an Edmontosaurus rather than a Parasaurolophus this time, for fairly obvious reasons. A Pachyrhinosaurus and a pair of Troodon round off the sympatric saurian cast. You may also recognise the familiar turbaned figure in one of the handlers. He recurs frequently in my work.
In the wake of completing this illustration, the discovery that Edmontosaurus actually had a rooster-like fleshy comb was finally published. You may imagine how I felt. I have expediently decided that my Edmontosaurus here is female (her name is Cybele). I can stick with that for now.
This tiny painting (roughly postcard size) is a much belated birthday Triceratops for my friend, Christopher DiPiazza of Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs. I do apologise for there being rather many illustrations of the three-horned one of late. It just happens to be a favourite of several friends.
Watercolour on Bockingford cold pressed, 147 x 103mm. The full view here is larger than the original.
Detail of the Triceratops, which in the original is approximately 70mm long in a straight horizontal line.
A few readers already familiar with the palaeontological aspect of my work may recall this illustration of a Citipati which I did about two years ago.
Back in January this year, I was contacted by a writer from the German television broadcaster, WDR, requesting permission to use this illustration for their science documentary strand, Quarks & Co. The programme in question, I was informed, concerns the palaeontologist Jack Horner’s proposal to create a ‘chicken dinosaur’.
I wasn’t sure whether or not the use was going ahead and soon forgot about it altogether. It transpired that it did indeed take place and that the programme itself had actually aired in late February and early March. The short animated sequence in which the illustration appeared can be seen here.
Thankfully the image still reads well even though it has been flipped for the purpose. They also referred to it as an Oviraptor, rather than Citipati — but oh, well. The pleasantest surprise is that they even constructed a skeleton to match.
As a side note, I would of course have given it feathered fingers and a much thicker tail base were I drawing this now, and would also have resolutely avoided the running posture.