Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Last post of the month! I saw some Inca terns at the zoo a while back. They had interesting long curly white feathers by their bright red beaks. I sketched a few with some color notes (which, after finding some references online just now, I see weren't very accurate!). Recently, I saw a picture of one in a book and was reminded of my first thought: they looked like old-timey moustached villains. I'm sure this one is thinking of tying a girl to the railroad tracks or something.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Water Dog

I love new art supplies so. I got a new Winsor Newton Series 7 brush, and some nice new Alizarin Crimson paint, and what do I use them for? A picture of an axolotl with a feather boa.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

It's not easy bein' green

First up, we have a green penguin. Not for any artistic purposes, just because I was too lazy to mix black. I was mostly trying out a new outline-less style. I did the green first, with no drawing underneath, so it's a big wonky but it works. Then I added the red. Finally, I scrubbed on some blue to define the white edges. I think it looks kinda cool, but it leaves no room for errors! Penguin photo referenced from a nice photographer who took it for an old Sea World souvenir book.

My other picture is a raccoon dog, acting more doggy than raccoony. I was surprised when I drew this because I don't think it looks like my style. Water-soluble ink smeared around.

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Wild Blue Sugary Yonder

Some sugar gliders, influenced by WWI pilot photos.
Yay, my supply of purple pencils has been replenished!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

They've got style, look so wild...

My most recent art explorations ended in weird stylized pictures of animals. I realized that I made the red panda's markings wrong, oh well. Watercolor and Prismacolor. I like color!

Saturday, January 06, 2007


If I'm just doodling, my art isn't very good. I don't try to make correct proportions or ear shapes
or anything. I just let things appear on the paper. In this case, I plugged in the old tablet and had camels etc. on the brain as I let the stylus go to town. I am amazed by some people's sketches that are pretty much finished art; mine are very primitive but I hope they have a bit of feeling to them.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Out with the old...

Happy 2007! This year I resolve to post more pictures, but only if I get more comments. I drew this fat-tailed dunnart (a marsupial mouse) eating a gummy worm in my new Christmas sketch book, with my new pencil that never needs sharpening. It's cool, it's like a ballpoint pen but with liquid graphite! This is the last picture I made in 2006. Who knows what the new year will bring? How exciting!