This is a typical reef on planet Snax, depicting sea scoops, branch-tongues, screwcap shells, puzzle sponges, clapping worm castles, spoke polyps, umbrella polyps, weeds, and a strange, five-headed, yellow fish that I added on a whim. I wasn't going to draw the puzzle sponges at first because in practice I could never get them to come out right. What you see now is a brand-new conception of them that I found I was able to draw. They are the two blue things with the white facets (the blue is actually the interior). The weeds of Snax are supposed to be blue-grey or blue-black because they contain both purple and green plastids in every cell. Because, I lacked the appropriate colors to make this come out quite the way I wanted, in this picture the weeds have distinct green, blue, and sometimes pink sections. That is okay. There is a lot of biodiversity in the Snax oceans. For the caption in the book, what shall I call the yellow fish?
I stopped working on this a couple weeks ago because I've been distracted with life. I still need to put it against a mat to see where I should sign it and then add more fish around the edges. It's a whale with alien seaweed and polyps growing on its back and surrounded by alien fish. This is one I'd like to have prints made of and then hand-color some of them sometime.
Below is a doodle made on my "bad" paper that came out surprisingly well. The top creature is a finder fish. It uses the appendages on its third skull to detect electrical signals from hidden prey and then grab them. The mouth is between the first and second skulls, which are modified into jaws. The creature on the bottom is a grazing crab with seven mouths. These are all creatures from planet Snax.
I thought I would try also to create cover art for each story. These are only rough drafts and would be improved upon later. Click on "read more" to see the summary.
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.
Most of my old work I threw away years ago, but I found some drawings of mine I made in the nineties. I wasn't taking art seriously then; I was just passing the time. Some of these I made when I was eight. The colors didn't all come out right on the computer. Perhaps me scanner or my monitor can't handle fluorescents (I used a lot of fluorescent crayons in the nineties). Click on the read more link to see them.
The tallest trees on planet Punlitorea have some of the smallest leaves, which are shaped like hollow vases and hang below the branches. The tree just below the center tree and the ones against the extreme right of the picture have the largest leaves. Each "shelf" is a single leaf with swirling veins. Also on the extreme right is a short tree with branches at unusual angles. The branches tend to grow opposite each other at 45 degrees and 135 degrees from the stem. The plaid balls are made of vines. Just below the plaid ball is a cactus with spines so long they are more like hairs
The animals are even more interesting. The creature in the upper left perches with its rear, which contains a rocket nozzle. The most posterior segment has four stabilizing fins, the remnants of its limbs. The anterior two segments are actually the neck of the animal. While in flight, it unfolds straight to grab prey with the mouth. The favorite food of these predators include the floating balls seen among the "mushrooms" on the right and just under the "palms" on the left. Unfortunately, another predator mimics these balls when seen head on. The rocket-flyer does not realize until it is too late, impaling itself on the hunting needle pictured floating above the trees on the right. Other floating creatures include the "sausage links," the pine-balls, and more.
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.