Posts Tagged With: fossil

Grand finale for this year!

The best way to end this year in this blog about the drawing of the fossils is with some dinosaur bones!

I have been changing the scope of my posts as much as my interests and experiences in the “real life”..
While I was painting this skull of Rajasaurus narmadensis, lots of thoughts came to me.

I remembered my first steps on blogging and my initial intentions, but at the same time I was thinking about the future: next movings, projects and hopes…

rajasaurus skull crudo

Rajasaurus narmadensis skull, based on sources from around the web

This is the first skull (or bone) I illustrate decently on watercolours . I tried to do this few times in the last year with various results, but this time was different: I performed with no fears, or knots on the stomach, no desperate brushing to rescue the outcome.
Painting this was a pleasure, I knew every next step, the response of the paper to the water, the reach of the brush (a new brush only for watercolour)…

It’s clear that this is only the beginning, and I happily welcome all the new chances awaiting in the next year!

rajasaurus skull web

Rajasaurus skull, with some reconstructed missing parts in grey

Hope you like it and happy new year for everyone! Many thanks for stopping by here!

Cheers 😀

Manuel

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On some old drawings.

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.

caballo cervical web

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. (circa 2008) (From the same old book, I can't recall which one)

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…

craneo de Coipo web

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)

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!

chevron Bonitasaura web

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.

falange Bonitasaura web

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…

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