Happy New Year! May 2017 be kinder to us all. Continue reading
[Cross-posted at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs.]
Three years later, the resulting set of three illustrations — a race between an Olorotitan and a Tarbosaurus — was finally published in the press release for a study of hadrosaur locomotion by Dr. Phil Currie and Scott Persons, which a few readers may already be familiar with, either independently or via the Chasmosaurs Facebook page. There is also a podcast about the research. Here, for your delectation and privilege (or indeed indifference and ennui, so please you) are the illustrations at a much larger size, which can be opened out in a new tab/window for full-view if you wish. Much of the comic expression in the dinosaurs’ eyes are missed in reduction — something which I hadn’t accounted for when I drew them.
The Aesop analogy subsequently repeated in the article was one which had actually occurred to Scott as a result of my original submission, as quoted in my linked Himmapaanensis post above: ‘…this is a charming twist (and one I had not anticipated). I like it very much!’ I readily confess that my simple little ego was considerably flattered by this.
There is also a story behind the flag-waving Protoceratops, who was originally accompanied by a much more incongruous figure (again, for the sake of this post’s conciseness, please see the first link for this). I don’t know, you’d think I had a penchant for such a thing…
Prints of the illustrations were donated to the silent auction at the Alberta Dinosaur Research Institute fundraising dinner this past weekend. Sean Willett of the Dragon Tongues podcast (whom Marc and I had the great pleasure of meeting and speaking to at the first TetZooCon, and for whom David recently completed a new logo) had very kindly placed a bid on them. He informs me that the prints finally sold for over $100.
Of course, given that it has been three years since their creation, there are several things I would do differently now. So consider this the appropriate disclaimer/apology for any obvious shortcomings. I do know, however, that I would relish more such opportunities for playful pictures accompanying serious research in formal publications. Can we make this A Thing, please?
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.
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.