Friday, February 29, 2008

Why did they name a deadly sin after them?

I couldn't get this one to post with the others last time. This is my favorite sketch on this page. Three-toed sloth on the left, two-toed sloth on the right. Sloths have such funny faces, and the 2 kinds look so different from each other.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mi-Teintes Thingies

I have a bunch of left-over Canson Mi-Teintes paper that I never use. This one's called buff, I think. I did a page of animal doodles, here are some of them.

On the left we have some colugo heads. These guys have a very unique look that I didn't really capture.

I like weird bat faces. There's so much variety in them, and lots of strange folds and flaps. This is banana bat, as you can see by the word balloon. I only had a picture of its head so the body is probably inaccurate.

This is a plains viscacha, a rodent kind of like a chinchilla.

Friday, February 22, 2008


I really enjoy painting griffins. I don't know why, probably because it's like painting a bird, but then it's all, whoa mammal time! I have lots of little doodles of crazy griffins. I like unconventional griffins, made of weird birds and not always cats. Such as this one, gouached in my little black book. Har har, ivory-billed woodpecker indeed!

I also really like drawing with non-photo blue Prismacolors on this black paper. I tried to leave a bit of the sketch showing but got rid of the rest of the background because the texture was a bit distracting (and it had some waviness due to me using too much water).

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wombat Divine

I'll admit, I like looking through the picture books. I've seen some great illustrations, great stories, boring stories, and hideous illustrations. There are so many picture books out there; it must be a very competitive field.

I found this one called Wombat Divine by Mem Fox, illustrated by Kerry Argent. It's about a wombat who wants to be in a Christmas pageant. It has a bunch of different Australian animals, from kangaroos and emus to the more unusual numbat. And guess who else is in there. Yes, a bilby who gets to be the Christmas angel.

It's a rather strange book, and it makes me wonder who would read/buy it. Some people might be attracted to the religious aspect, but then possibly be offended (the wombat gets to be Jesus in the play). The pictures are taken with a camera, not scanned, so you can see my shadow on them.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

More like bintu-right!

Finally got around to painting a binturong after it was suggested to me last month. This one is playing with a paddleball. I've discovered that dioxazine violet and indigo make good black. I went a bit crazy with the color mixing though. Still experimenting with stylization and different degrees of detail.

I thought I'd throw in this lesser gymnure. He's related to hedgehogs, and is going for the gold. The actual painting is about 1 inch high, so please excuse the horrid letting!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Fabled art

This was meant to be a color study for a more realistic painting of the Aesop's fable about the fox and the crane, but I kind of like it this way. I wish I had made the crane more stylized too. The fox looks a bit like it's barfing in the second picture. The fable goes: the fox invited the crane over for dinner. It served some soup in a flat dish, and the crane couldn't eat any. The next day the crane invites the fox over, and serves soup in a long vase, so the fox can't get any. The lesson is, don't eat soup with anyone who has a different shaped mouth than you, I guess.

Here is a Japanese snow monkey with an offering of cookies, from a suggestion. I liked the little bear so I included it too.