Sunday, February 9, 2014

Project VI Sketches Shop

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Farewell until the next project...

Project VI-DAY FREAKIN' THIRTY: Eurasian Lynx

I thought a little sass with full-on dramatic pose was in order to celebrate the final day of the sketching project, so I give you the Eurasian Lynx sporting the I-will-eat-your-throat-for-lunch-look.  (It's kinda more of a I-resemble-a-character-from-ThunderCats-look.)  

What I learned this go around from the 30 Sketches Project is to enjoy the time spent making.  I finally realized that making art isn't about the finished piece that hangs on the wall - it's about the time spent working with the drawing, painting, film, etc. which includes thinking, dreaming, researching, and literally putting the pencil to paper.  It's the string of present moments and sacrifices that make up it's creation that is the art, it is still alive when it's in progress.  It instantly becomes a ghost of sorts when it is complete or simply a tangible by-product of practice.

 Day Thirty:  Eurasian Lynx

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-Nine: Walrus

One. More. Dang. Day.

Day Twenty-Nine:  Walrus

Ready for gluing...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-Eight: Red Kangaroo

My brain has a hard time getting over the oddness of the kangaroo.

Day Twenty-Eight:  Red Kangaroo

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-Seven: Dromedary

I mentioned in the beginning of this project that the common link to the drawings is that they all come from the Smithsonian Mammal's Handbook which not only has fabulous images but great info as well.  Here is an example in regards to the Dromedary…

"The Dromedary has been wholly domesticated, with no record of any individuals existing in the wild since prehistoric times (3000 BC)."

Day Twenty-Seven:  Dromedary

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-Six: Reindeer


Day Twenty-Six:  Reindeer

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-Five: Spectacled Bear

Word on the street is that he plays a prominent role in South American folklore.  I buy that cuz he looks like a badass.

Day Twenty-Five:  Spectacled Bear

Monday, February 3, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-Four: Yellow-bellied Marmot

This dude really exists.  I know it's hard to believe because he is so awesome.  I saw one with my very own eyes just cruising in a Wyoming field (it was less cruising and more moving like greased lightning).  The excitement level was what I would expect to equal a unicorn sighting.  

Day Twenty-Four:  Yellow-bellied Marmot

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-Three: Asian Elephant

I am a big fan of elephants but not stoked about this drawing.  I guess something got lost in the translation of such a large mass of animal onto such a small sheet of paper.

Day Twenty-Three:  Asian Elephant

What I am stoked about is this…

These are Post-it quote bubbles that I used in stop motion films.  I save them in a beautiful hand-made wooden bowl.  I never knew why I felt compelled to keep them, I just knew it made me happy to see them all together.  So I like this idea...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-Two: Desert Hamster

This is a shout out to my friends livin' large in the Sonoran Desert.  
I miss you and your fabulous cacti.

Day Twenty-Two:  Desert Hamster

Friday, January 31, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty-One: Chimpanzee

Dude, we are so chimps.

Day Twenty-One:  Chimp

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Project VI-Day Twenty: Black-tailed Jackrabbit

 Day Twenty:  Black-tailed Jackrabbit

I don't know about you, but seeing these dudes within the same frame is pretty exciting for the ole imagination.  The manatee is obviously a loner, the hippo may battle some depression issues, the jackrabbit is pretty solid-he just goes about his biz, the squirrel is a wild man, the little deer is very inquisitive, and well the hog…I haven't figured him out yet.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Project VI-Day Nineteen: Bush Duiker

I could say that I cropped this drawing so you'd focus on the face but that would be a lie.  
The truth is that his legs were wicked jacked up.  So I cut em off.

Day Nineteen:  Bush Duiker

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Project VI-Day Eighteen: Hippo

Hipposaurus Rex in tha house.

Day Eighteen:  Hippo

Monday, January 27, 2014

Project VI-Day Seventeen: Manatee

 Day Seventeen:  Manatee

Land, air, and just can't shake us mammals.  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Project VI-Day Sixteen: Red River Hog

The Red River Hog is a good lookin' wild pig.  
I guess they'd be considered the gingers of the even-toed ungulates.

Day Sixteen:  Red River Hog

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Project VI-Day Fifteen: Flying Squirrel

You cannot, I repeat cannot, tell me that this dude isn't having fun.  I imagine him as your average guy flying squirrel.  This image is of him trying to beat one of his buddies' gliding records.  His flying squirrel wife is pissed because he is supposed to be out collecting nuts, or whatever flying squirrel husbands gather, but instead he is working on his distance.  YAAAHHHOOOOoooooooooooooo.......

Day Fifteen:  Flying Squirrel

I forgot to mention - I'M HALF-WAY DONE WITH THE PROJECT! The first ten drawing/collages are finished and the below four need to be glued to their 8"x10" sheets of wallpaper.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Project VI-Day Fourteen: Ocelot

For some reason or other, I am not a big cat fan but ocelots are changing that.  I think one strong character trait this guy possesses is manipulation.  His wheels are can just tell.  He'll dazzle you with his badass looks and the next thing you know he's eating your heart out of your throat.  Or stealing your wallet.  I've seen it a thousand times.

Day Fourteen:  Ocelot

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Project VI-Day Thirteen: Capybara

Lucky Day #13...the capybara!  
This little guy looks mega pissed about being so cute.  
"I wish I were a dragon", he says.

Day Thirteen:  Capybara

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Project VI-Day Eleven: Polar Bear

 Day Eleven:  Polar Bear

It is amazing how a story begins to form when placing these little dudes together.  
Adherence to scale - no thank you.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Project VI-Day Ten: Springhare

One-third of the project down, two-thirds to gzzzzzzzzz.........

Day Ten:  Springhare