Posts Tagged With: Sketch

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.

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Orca Skull + hyoides

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

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Taking up the line

I’ve had to make a break over a few days in my Huemul project.
Sometimes, freelance work has its ups and downs, and one must be able to deal with multiple jobs at the same time or none at all!
The good new is that I’m climbing quite up in my list of commissioned drawings, and for the next weeks I will be very busy! So, to start the final drawing of my Huemul family I must warm up my hands and brain on the subject.
Here it goes another round of sketches ( please note the quality improvement! 😀 )

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I like more and more the way my brush is acquiring fluidity at the sketches, and this time I don’t even use the pencil to set the first lines!

The baby, black Faber Castel Polycromos on plain paper

huemul bebe web

Mommy, Lyra Rembrandt burnt ochre also on plain paper
(I did this earlier than the above)

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Huemul 101

Few days ago I started a new commissioned work, about extinct and extant fauna from patagonia.
I’m very happy because I’ll have to portrait a wide range of topics and many animals that I always wanted to paint.

Among them is the almost extinct Huemul (Hippocamelus bisulcus)
The south Andean deer struggles to survive the poachers, car accidents and failed attempts to enforce the laws made to protect them. Though the present of this natural monument is complicated, now the populations are slowly growing again to overcome the darker recent past…

Craneo web  Huemul 1 web

 

I’ve started doodling some silhouettes and bones without references while I was at the field last week, then when I came at home I had to restart from zero to do the correct anatomy.

Huemul 2 web  Huemul 3 web

Huemul 4 web

Using lots of photos and some animal anatomy books I finally feel comfortable enough to unfold my “frozen” deers and happily let them hang around the sheet…

 

Huemul 5 web  Huemul 6 web

Huemul 7 web  Huemul 8 web

Huemul 9 web

 

Well this is just the beginning! I hope I could turn this series on a constant flow of posts…

Deers!
(Cheers!)

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Just to not disappear..

Despite my intentions to revisit the issue of the fossils in my drawings, I leave these sketches to keep the blog active!

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I’m programming give a very basic workshop on bird drawing in a couple of months.
So since that project arose, I’m drawing birds whenever I have a break from work.

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That does not mean fossils left my hand, I’m just drawing a lot of things at once (and when one is ambitious … things take extra work!)

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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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Engraved by fire

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When I sat down to draw and paint this watercolor,

I did so thinking in a green forest and how the warm colored sheet will influence the outcome.

Then, when I left the pencil, all the green was gone in the presence of deep remembrances of the fire.

 

In September last year, the mountains near my city caught fire.

Not just one but dozens forest fire in almost all the territory of my state.

My parents and some of my friends live in a small village between the valleys and I was visiting them few days before the wildfires started.

It is very difficult for me to translate what those days meant to me and what I experienced (even I can hardly put into words in my mother tongue).

Good, bad, heroic and crazy things.
Dantesque landscapes, ordinary people taking mythical proportions.
Facing the power of fire, who like a ravenous dragon that crosses the hills, going down the valley, running through the grassland … claims everything.

 

Eight months have passed since then, and is growing again green over black.
But it seems that the baptism of fire in my eyes and my skin has left a live coal to my whole life.

A vision that changed unconsciously my innocent exercise, in testimony of what was.

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Homework (yes homework!)

Today I was amazed to find my blog, in a list among some colossal websites:

1) PBS Watch Video: Darwin Never Knew http://video.pbs.org/video/1372073556/

2) Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/evolution/what-is-evolution/index.html

3) Understanding Evolution http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_01

4) NeoK12 http://www.neok12.com/Human-Evolution.htm

5) PBS So Cal http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/evolution/#

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/

6) American Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/paleontology

7) Smithsonian Museum http://www.si.edu/Imax/movie/130

http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/human-evolution-timeline-interactive

8) Cleveland Museum of Natural History-Lucy and Human Evolution https://www.cmnh.org/announcements/new-human-origins-gallery

9) Drawing Fossils https://drawingfossils.wordpress.com/   (!)

10)  Famous Paleontologist http://www.mnh.si.edu/onehundredyears/profiles/Arthur_Cooper.html

11)  Charles Darwin http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/scientists/charlesdarwin.html

 

Yes! this is Mrs. Flores homework about: Evolution!

And it took me by surprise! But, if you ask me:

I’m a scientific illustrator, and for me evolution is the source of all life forms that amaze me daily, and through its understanding, I feel connected with all living beings.

As evolution is part of science, my job is to help scientists to understand it, and also to get this wonder to everyone.

Working with fossils, marine animals, plants, insects, mammals and many more, gave me the chance to discover the world with new eyes, curious eyes that see more than my hands can draw: the evolution in each bird and each beetle.

 

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Thank you very much for considering me Mrs. Flores!

I tried to send you an email but I could not reach you…

Best regards!

Manuel

 

 

 

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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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Colored sketch

Colored sketch

Sometimes that plain, grayscale sketch that runs out from the whiteness of the sheet is calling for some warm notes.
Like a splendid sun after a prehistoric long winter.

This is Cyonosaurus, a permian gorgonopsid from South Africa.

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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.

 

hadro web

 

 

Free bonus:

 

crowed web

 

 

Hope you like them!

Manuel

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