Dusting off some folders on a Sunday cleaning, I found some of my first attempts at scientific drawing.
I have to admit that the first of all were direct copies of illustrations of books or magazines, but, as an exercise of exploration I got fond results and that encouraged me to keep going.
Horse (Equus sp) cervical vertebrae, anterior view. (Copied from an old book)
Another horse vertebrae (dorsal?) This time I copied the dot shaded drawing and just beside I made a grey scale reinterpretation. (2008)
(From the same old book, I can’t recall which one)
Then I started experimenting with bones that had at my disposal, to try to get a more “real” approximation of what this job entails…
Coypu (Myocastor coipus) broken skull. Field sketch on notebook (2009)
A horse’s metatarsal distal end. (A gift from a very good friend)
I planned to do four views of this fragment, but then a paleontologist saw this drawing (among other), and began to give me some real bones to deal.. (2009)
Then it was time to draw real fossils! And I was lucky enough to start with a sauropod dinosaur: Bonitasaura salgadoi.
While these drawings were not published, I took my work very seriously and gave my best!
Bonitasaura salgadoi chevron. Maybe the most extensively illustrated chevron of a patagonian sauropod… The drawings are made at natural size because I used to cast vertical lines from the fossil contour to the sheet of paper.
Bonitasaura salgadoi phalanx (?). This one is big as the A4 sheet I used, and that made me feel uncomfortable. I was a newbie at the time on how to draw wide areas with gray tones. (2009)
I pass all of 2009 and early 2010 experimenting and refining my drawings, until I took a course in scientific illustration and I really felt fit to go out and play in the big leagues!
But nevertheless, I’m still learning with curiosity every time I am presented with a new job, a new challenge to achieve…