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A shorebirds day

Today is the day of those pesky little creatures that fly every year through the continents… silly behaviour just to annoy 4×4 drivers who happily ride the vast shores, or those creative entrepreneurs who see the void wetlands and see towers of private owners and cascades of money…

Somehow.. there is many people who think like this.

And is for these people that we need one day a year to celebrate the living shorebirds and the places they use to live and raise the future.

Crazy people like me, who love the nature and enjoy all the colours and all the smells (yep all of them), we keep present and take care of the world all year long!

Because if something can be learned from nature is that we all live in this planet, and this planet is all we have.
The ones who didn’t learn to live and let live, go extinct sooner or later…
We must take the lesson of the shorebirds, they are many, they are diverse, and they all share the same shores to feed and live.
How? take a look at this illustration and guess..

One shore, many chances - Skulls and silhouettes of six shorebirds that visit the San Antonio Bay (Rio Negro - Argentina) Click for high resolution .jpg (this image can be use under CC 4 non commercial license, feel free to share and use for educational purposes)

One shore, many chances – Skulls and silhouettes of six shorebirds that visit the San Antonio Bay (Rio Negro – Argentina) Click for high resolution .jpg (this image can be use under CC 4 non commercial license, feel free to share and use for educational purposes)

For more information about this day and shorebirds please contact this blog or search in the web. And for more real hints about what I’m talking about, please shut down your internet device, go outside (the farther, the better!) and be conscious of all your senses! (we haven’t at least 5 for nothing!)
Have a really nice day!

Manuel

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Making the first steps

Cráneo de feto 8 9 m web

Newborn skull with some of the relevant landmarks labeled (in spanish)

Medical illustration is something I didn’t try yet, maybe because most of my clients are paleontologists with no links to medicine and maybe because I don’t know how to approach that world.
Although in the last years I tried a few times draw the human body, my passion is biased to other vertebrates…

A week ago I discovered a new favorite museum at the Hospital Nacional de Clínicas: The Pedro Ara Anatomical Museum. Which houses a vast collection of anatomical preparations in dry and wet techniques, some with historic value due to the date of the specimens (some back to 1920 and two skeletons of natives of more than 500 years old in burial position)
The museum is focused on didactic activities for faculty students and general public, it is open and free all year (which is wonderful!) and for some reason, i find mesmerizing the surreal look of some of the specimens.

I hope this little newborn be a new point to climb and see new horizons.. who knows

What I do know for sure is that I will return to visit that museum and share the results here!

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Born to be a Killer

Killer whales are spectacular creatures, they are the largest among his kin: the dolphins. They are smart, with a fancy look, sometimes friendly and capable to eat viciously a great deal of meat! What else you need to fall in love with them?

I’m drawing for some prints on T-shirts based on Patagonian fauna, and on the way I left some unfinished sketches and drawings… this time the post is about an Orcinus orca skull I composed from various sources.

orca craneo boceto web

Orca Skull + hyoides

orca craneo B web

An almost finished skull drawing… I still have to make some changes to get more accurate anatomical details

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Thumbling adventures

I have been very busy at work and life last month, so each time I passed by wordpress to check was it with some sad lack of time to write and translate a post.

And today’s post is about one of the multiple tasks that I took these days:
There is a biennial book fair in my town specially dedicated to childrens and young ones and one of the organizers is a family old friend. She encouraged me to participate at the second edition of a illustration contest, themed on stories for childrens.

Since this is very different from my style theme this was a multiple challenge, therefore I chose a well known story and decided to explore the style of drawings that had old books. Somehow, it’s my dream as a child to draw things like storybooks of my childhood.

So here is my “Pulgarcito” (Tom Thumb – Thumbling) merry walking through the brush!

This is the final sketch of a quite long series of attempts…

 

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And the finished illustration!
I used watercolours, pencils, collage, etc etc (even the needle is a real one just to be a innovative artist!)

 

 

 

 

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We’ll see what happens next time 😉

Manuel

 

 

 

 

 

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Many drawings but few fossils?

Many drawings but few fossils?

Despite being really working with fossils, I have been giving them little room in my time for drawing. To go back to give them some attention, I started with one of the first dinosaurs: Eoraptor!

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A live model

 

 

 

 

Few days ago I went to a “Drawing Jam”, to draw live models while some musicians play very nice music (sometimes bossa, jazz, blues..)

It was a fantastic moment albeit the poor light and my personal entanglement with the sheets of paper, the pencils and so on…

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Draw a live model is a challenge that I did not take quite some time,

and having to deal with a palpitating beauty of marble adds unexpected winks to the task.

 

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From the beginning I knew it would be impossible to convey what the senses perceived…

 

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…so I sailed away on the experimentation, like long ago I do not do.

 

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The drawing of a live model is an act of love, a sensual dialogue if you will.
Beyond the inherent beauty of this model, with all the people I had to draw, I felt this strange connection.

 

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Between stroke and stroke, are hidden a thousand glimpses,

and from the infinite dimensions that shaped that moment, only these two survive.

Rough as cave paintings, silent, intriguing…

 

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Selected!

Selected!

I was selected! My drawing is among the 40 works competing for the prize at illustraciència 2 ediciò!
There are very good artists and beautiful illustrations not only in the selected for the competition, but also in the more than 300 pieces of art submitted.
The choice from the public is coming soon …

Illustraciència Pinterest 

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Drawing from the corner of the eye

I am absorbed by long hours of work lately, so here when the day ends, there is little desire to draw.
However you have to keep your eye trained!

Here are some examples from the past week:

 

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Graphyte, brown pencil and ink.

 

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Poplar -propelling pencil-

 

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Midnight owl cartoon -propelling pencil-

 

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micro-bug

 

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and… me? -brush with watercolor-

Somehow whenever tintento draw a “x” boy, ends up looking like me…

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As good in the mouth …

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Time ago I was celebrating a nice day with a bottle of delicious wine and felt so “happy” to draw something symbolic for the occasion.

I call it “Leaving the nest”, there is a lot of inner symbolism around but in some way it can be interpreted like:

“there is a heaven of cabernet sauvignon outside that cold dark stone cliff” he he, nevermind…

I like how the color of the wine has changed since I made it… from a beautiful light red to a very pale purple.

It’s somehow my first piece of ephemeral art (?) 

Cheers!

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Dinosaur sketching weekend

While digitalizing a selection of my everyday’s sketchbook pages I gather some nice dinosaur sketches (among others creatures: the best!)

 

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Dinosaurs are the very reason why I’m in love with natural sciences.

They were my first glimpse around vertebrate form and function, and compared anatomy

(one of the most fascinating field of science to me)

 

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Over the years I always tried keep out the comfortable cliches and at the same time I started need graphic references about the dino I’m drawing.
As all this sketches are done without references.. well they look in comfortable poses and lack all the wiki details that nerds like me, love to find in “good paleoart”

 

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The new thing with this selected gathering is the use of liner brush and sanguine watercolour to perform the drawing form zero to the end.

 

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Free bonus:

 

crowed web

 

 

Hope you like them!

Manuel

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