Archaeopteryx

I drew an archaeopteryx today.
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What a pretty birdie!  😉

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Katie’s Monkey

Here’s a work in progress for a personal project I’m working on. My daughter wanted a poster of a monkey swinging by its tail from a tree with a banana. I’ve just about got the monkey done, next to tackle the scenery.  I’m working in Illustrator because I’m not sure how big she’s going to want me to print it.  Vector graphics are infinitely scaleable, unlike raster art.  Monkey for Katie

Hidden Picture Image

Here’s a commission I just sent in to Hart McLeod.

Hidden in the image are 12 pictures.  They weren’t supposed to be TOO hard to find, so you should be able to spot them.  A woman, a man, two girls, one boy, one owl, two rabbits, three turtles, and a frog.

Interesting thing about this project.  They told me which hidden elements they wanted to see, but said that the scene was the artist’s choice.  I hate that.  That means I had to figure out an interesting scene and compose it with no guidance or limits.  I love limits.  Contrary to what you’d think, I can be so much more creative if I have defined framework to work in.  Oh well.

Hidden Picture
Luckily, I pulled out this reference photo from my photo collection and used it as my framework.  I took this at the Overland Park Arboretum this fall.  There actually is a pond off the frame to the left, but it isn’t to the horizon like in the drawing.
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Chicken or Egg

Which came first?  The chicken or the egg? Please note that this is a bit simplified, since it's doubtful that the distinction between a red jungle fowl and a chicken came about in just one generation.  More likely, there were quite a few generations of a long grey area between sorta-a-red-jungle-fowl-sorta-a-chicken before it became obviously the distinct species we now call a chicken.   But, either way, the egg still came first.

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?

Please note that this is a bit simplified, since it’s doubtful that the distinction between a red jungle fowl and a chicken came about in just one generation. More likely, there were quite a few generations of a long grey area between sorta-a-red-jungle-fowl-sorta-a-chicken before it became obviously the distinct species we now call a chicken.  Plus, they think they might have bred them with the grey jungle fowl as well.

Dammit, Jim, I’m an illustrator, not a biologist.

Either way, the egg still came first.