Monday, 16 April 2012

Another Allosaur

Yet another gift (really, you folks don't know how spoilt you are...) for another friend and DTF member, Joey Fells, who also happens to be a fellow freelance illustrator. 

Watercolour on Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper, 8.5 x 11.5cm. The full view is almost three times larger than the original (dear readers, if you don't do so already, I recommend right clicking the images to open in a new tab, rather than viewing it in slideshow mode). Again, I took a few photographs with a penny for scale.

I feel obliged to repeat the oft-uttered truism among artists that 'the original looks better than the scan'. 

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Two Studies from the NHM

I went drawing at the Natural History Museum with the extraordinary wildlife painter, Claudia Hahn, today. I only managed two pieces; it's surprising how time-consuming even observational drawing on location can be. But considering the geological ages I usually spend on anything, two drawings in one day is no mean feat.

Metacarpals of 'European Flamingo,' according to the label; though perhaps more properly, Greater Flamingo; Phoenicopterus ruber roseus.

Shoebill. Balaeniceps rex.

Several people surreptitiously took photographs of this whilst I was drawing. One gentleman finally came to pay a compliment just as I was packing up to leave.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012


You all remember Gibran the Olorotitan infant, don't you? No?

He seems to look richer yet subtler in the original, if that makes any sense at all. This is one of those rarer occasions in which The Miraculous Scanner is... not so miraculous.

The original is 8.5 x 11.5cm. Here is a photograph of an earlier stage.

I have a feeling I may need to introduce a tag for him in future.