Lately, I’ve been stopping and staring at lizards and reptiles. My latest sketchbook pages are of drawings centering around dinosaurs! Not just extinct prehistoric beasts, but also birds and lizardy things. I even looked up rhinoceros but then stopped after I read that they were mammals.
It started when I found myself exploring of the look of hind legs. Specifically, I was studying that Styracosaurus from Terryl Whitlatch’s Science of Creature Design and trying to draw my own version of it. It looked BAD:
Looking at Terryl’s illustration again, I found myself wondering, what makes those legs so dinosaury? For some reason, I allowed myself to reference the head while drawing, but not the body. I think I thought I had it, but quickly discovered oh no, I need to study up on some hind legs!
Oh hello, bird. After looking at a few reptiles and birds, I made another attempt at the Styracosaurus later that day:
Whoa. Surprised myself! I mean this is by no means flawless, but what a difference. I drew a couple of skeletons too which helped with forearm placement and show some scapula action going on.
Dinosaurs are so cool looking.
Aw. I completely forgot about Inktober and Drawlloween and all that fun stuff last month. I only remembered on the last day of October and managed to look up the day’s prompt, which was ‘friend.’
Dinosaurs are popular Halloween costumes. And I like chickens. So this is what I came up with in the last few minutes of October 2016:
Perhaps I should work on polishing my drawings. I’m such a fan of messy drawings. They’re just exciting to look at! But I should learn to polish my drawings too. Perhaps that should be my goal via… Inkvember! There’s no reason that Inktober as a concept should only be done in October. Jake Parker is my new drawing hero.
This bottom sketch is an homage to my first animation ever. It was about a horse and a dog. Hmm, perhaps a remake coming soon?
One of the reasons why I’d love the animation industry is because I can switch over to something else within the industry whenever I get a little burnt out from one thing, and still enjoy whatever I’m doing. For example, I’ve been trying to finish an animation and working on it for two days straight, but when I sat down at my computer today, I suddenly felt burnt out. So instead I decided to open my sketchbook and do some life drawing. I pulled up youtube to look for figure references, stumbled upon some drawing exercises via ChiuStream, and started drawing dogs and horses instead. That was fun, and now I feel warmed up and ready to get back into my animation!