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Monday, January 16, 2006

Not Dead or Gone Conceptual Art

Art for an (as yet) uncompleted project:

My model for the Devil in Not Dead or Gone is Walter Huston's portrayal of old Scratch in the film The Devil and Daniel Webster. So, naturally, I really need a balanced caricature that both represents and (hopefully) transcends him. As you can see, I'm not quite there yet. (As always, carmine red sanford colored pencils, drawn 7.5x11 sketchbook paper, on 23rd of December's eve, 2005.)

Anyway, it's Christmas eve, and I hope everyone reading this has a happy holiday. I'm... okay. I'm with my parents, my sister, and my nephew, and though I miss my brother (who is in Washington right now), it's better than a lot of years I can remember.

Don't drink the eggnog! Or maybe: yes, drink the eggnog!


Completed yesterday, carmine red sanford color pencil, 7.5"x11" sketchbook paper. I think I'm getting more Walter Huston into these images, though I'm still not comfortable I've made a Walter Huston achievement yet.

Still not there yet, but:

Drawn Friday, 6 January 2006, carmine red Sanford colored pencil, 8.5"x11" laser printer paper (kinda in the middle).

Completed 16 January 2006, carmine red sanford color pencil (converted to grayscale in Photoshop), 7.5"x11" sketchbook paper.

I just love the concept of pocket universes with counterintuitive spatial geometry, hence this depiction for Not Dead or Gone. (I just want to get this out. Old journal readers will have seen this image before, but that was a private entry only; if only as a reminder that I am still working on Ch.2--and possibly show why I'm still working on it.)

Finished 22 November 2005, RapidoGraph pens, 8.5"x11" paper; three hours' drawing, ten hours' inking.

Relocated from the old blog 24 Janurary 2007

Thursday, January 5, 2006

_Cryolophosaurus ellioti_ Skull

Behold, the skull of Elliot's cold crested reptile:

Drawn 2 July 2005, 7.5"x11" sketchbook paper from a specimen which was roughly 60 cm (24 inches) in length, so this is a fairly large animal. It is an Allosaurid, which means the manus would have had three digits (the larger Tyrannosaurids only got two). As you might gather from its name, this animal was found in Antarctica.

Another thing: just so we're all clear, that large opening just below and to the fore of the crest (the largest hole in the skull) is not the orbit (eyehole). That's the antorbital fenestra. The orbit is behind it, more directly underneath the crest:

(Labels: o. orbit, aof antorbital fenestra, n. nares.)

Incidentally, I also did a morph animation using Elastic Reality with a photo of this particular skull and the Edmontosaurus sp. to show off the bone correlations that skulls have.

Relocated from the old blog on 22 January 2008