I once had an idea years ago for a dragon that caught prey by means of a sticky pad at the end of a whip-like tail. Recently, I made a doodle on the back of a receipt of a lizard-like creature that reminded me of it. I'm not sure whether the animal below is more of a theropod, a thecodont, or a squamate. How would you classify it?
To offer a greater selection at the art shows I will be attending soon (I'll keep you posted with details when finalized), I bought some 2.5 by 3.5 inch frames for small drawings. I also bought a much finer point pen to replace the ballpoint I had been using. This will allow even greater detail and precision. I also began experimenting with color. I tried colored pencils, but they won't fill small areas; it takes a lot of friction to get them going. I tried colored ballpoints, but I found the color selection too limited. I tried watercolor blending pens, but found them hard to use and I couldn't blend large enough spaces. Finally I bought a color set of fine-tip porous point pens. These seem to work pretty well if I don't overdo it by coloring in everything.
a green porous point pen
Pigma Micron 005 for very fine work
With these new tools of awesomeness, I doodled up some doodles on my usual drawing paper. The good ones I traced the outlines of my 2.5X3.5 frames over before cutting them out.
After trimming them to fit and seeing just how they sat in the visible window of the frame, I pulled them back out to sign and color them.
This is what I'm thinking of using for the cover of Terror Of The Fun Sponge, my latest book yet to be published. It will be the first of The Nathaniel Series, which is based on Nate's flashbacks in my book The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship. The fun sponge did not come out quite how I envisioned it, but it does not contradict the book and so I guess this is now how it officially looks. Further below is my idea for the cover of The Gorilla With Twenty-Four Heads, the second book of the series. Only twelve heads are visible in the picture because the other twelve are behind them. On every planet Nathaniel visits, he writes in his journal about his adventures and draws pictures to go with them. I think of these covers as coming from Nathaniel himself.
I finally finished that cave drawing, but I don't like how it came out. I likely won't sell it. These are the caves of planet Sayeliflandia. They are populated by organisms with cell walls of emerald that either feed on chemicals deep underground, feed on radioisotopes that they sift out of the surrounding water and concentrate in special lobes, or feed on the kinetic energy of running water. They are also populated by organisms with cell walls of zircon that either capture axions (hypothetical, weakly-interacting particles that would fly right through planets and may make up part of the famous "dark matter") with magnetic fields and convert them to light, or absorb the light produced by others, or consume others as animals or fungi do. The flying organism in the center does not consume others, but instead robs them of their axion-capturing crystals and feeds on the light they produce.
This marine animal has highly sensitive chemoreceptors on the tail and on the whiskers of the snout. It has a large echolocation lobe and no eyes. While it superficially resembles plesiosaurs, it is of a different order.
This aquatic creature crawls over rocks by holding on with its suckers. The suckers are also mouths capable of sucking algae (and barnacles and bryozoans) off the rocks. The bulbs shown above are the stomachs. They are divided like lemons inside, but with an open center. This allows sections to be pinched off by the walls moving closer together. Each of the ten stomachs can hold up to eight meals separately, for a total of eighty meals at different stages of digestion before one has to be emptied to make room for another meal. The legs are extended by turgor pressure. Fluid pumped into each section makes them straight and rigid. Each black band is capable of contracting to separate the legs into sections of differing fluid levels in order to control how far each leg extends. The spots at the end of each stomach/foot are eyespots.
Hello, my name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small. I like bacon. I like pizza. I like bacon pizza. I enjoy long walks on the beach, but prefer the mountains. I am a huge fan of Jesus. When I grow up, I want to be just like him and create my own universes.