Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pink n Blue

Here are some doodles I did with a pink pen and the blue calligraphy pen. A chihuahua with an electric guitar, my cat noticing something slightly to the right, a dog listening to the radio, and some kind of horse monster. I thought his expression was funny. Horse-demon is not amused!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Fun with Taxidermy

Had a nice visit to the La Sierra University World Museum of Natural History. It has all kinds of taxidermied animals; reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. Many are very well done, not the weird shrivelly creatures you sometimes see (a lot were prepared by freeze-drying). But since the collection was still being worked on, a lot of animals didn't have labels.

We had some time alone inside to sketch. The guy manning the office came over to see what was going on after I made a bunch of noise ripping paper out of my sketchbook and rattling around my watercolor set. Later, a big bunch of people came in on some kind of campus tour. Since I was sitting on the floor, leaning on another display case, I was either in their way or they'd try to be sneaky about looking at what I was doing. On to the sketches!

The museum said it has the largest collection of Southeast Asian birds in the US. There were many colorful birds of unknown species. The ones I painted had labels: two hornbills (a man said about the Helmeted Hornbill "That's the ugliest thing I've ever seen") and a cuckoo. The coolest birds were up too high to see while sitting and I it's hard to stand and hold all my watercolor stuff. I was kind of lazy with my color mixing on these. It's fun to draw birds that are holding still!

There were strange groupings of mammals; armadillos, monkeys, civets, baby hoofed animals. The bushdog looked a little off, but I liked its curled tail and shocked expression. I think the little armadillo was a six-banded. The capybara looked kind of mad too.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hilarity Ensues!

Here are some doodles that I thought were funny. When you laugh at your own drawings, you know they're good. Right? RIGHT?!?

The giant mole rat is just hilarious on its own, no explanation necessary. The man makes me laugh because he looks so happy and has tiny skinny legs. The dog was drawn with an old calligraphy pen. Dogs with cones on their heads do not like it when you make fun of them, but you can't help it.

As I think I've said before, about 90% of my sketching results in small (these are each about 2 or 3 inches across) rough scribbles. I hope someone gets a smile from this post.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


One of my newest booky-wooks is a field guide to Australian birds. How I'd love to to use it in the field, looking at birds, in Australia!

The picture of the Dollar Bird was very cute, so I drew one spending its dollars on street snacks. Note the well-researched, lifelike vendor on the right (I couldn't picture what those cart thingies look like).

They're called dollar birds because of the little white circles on their wings.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

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I decided I wanted to have a little picture in my Blogspot profile. Since I hate every photograph of me, a drawing it was!

I used my crow quill pen, my Dr. Martin's Bombay Black ink, my Winsor & Newton Artists' watercolours, and my W&N Series 7 brush (number 3). Yup, only the most expensive and high-quality supplies for my drawing of a super-deformed me drawing a bilby.