Dinosaur Hunting

Dinosaur Hunting

A while back, I saw a cool illustration of a Tyrannosaur following a truck (probably one of the Ford Explorers from Jurassic Park) through a dense forest. Unfortunately, I forgot where I saw the image and haven’t been able to find it online. This weekend, I decided to make my own. Drawing in the crash-tastic ProCreate for iPad application, I sketched it out as best I could remember, then colorized it. The original I saw was predominantly red, I believe, and while I liked the urgency that created in the image, I went with the early morning cooler tones of the purples and blues…this could be the part of the scene where the occupants of the car don’t realize they’re being hunted yet, although I’m sure that will come soon enough. Even though I lightened the image up in Photoshop prior to posting, it’s still way too dark. The top of the image contains fronds and vines hanging from the trees, and the bottom third has plants and reflections caused by the illumination of the trucks headlights. Sadly, on the iPad, it really has a nice balance of light and dark. The “making of” video: Also on Relatively Average: Justa Poboy – An Edgar Allen Poe Illustration Zinno Good Night, Robin...
Phoenix DinoCon

Phoenix DinoCon

Today I’m volunteering at the 2014 Phoenix DinoCon, a fan convention for folks who like dinosaurs, and yeah…I’m a little bit excited.     Having never really been into ComiCon or any of the other myriad of conventions out there, this will be my first time into that arena. I’ll be working the registration table, so I’ll get a chance to see everyone who comes through the door face-to-face, which should be fun. I suppose people will be there in costume, so that will be something to see, although with the temperature upwards of 100° and humid, and not to mention the chance of the seasonal monsoon storm, I doubt there will be many people dressed up. Either way, I’m looking forward to it. I may post the behind the scenes video of the “today” image above but it would be pretty short, and not to mention dark, so it might not make for a great clip.  Sunday edit – I was right…this doesn’t make for very compelling footage. But since it’s available, why not. You can see at the end where I experimented with getting more text on the image before finally deciding to leave it alone. No sense overcomplicating an image that was only going into a tweet, anyway. Also on Relatively Average: Another portrait attempt Good Night, Robin Williams Hanging out with the full...
Bill Watterson, we miss you. Love, Spaceman Spiff

Bill Watterson, we miss you. Love, Spaceman Spiff

Sometimes when you start sketching you have no idea where it’s going to end up. The sudden appearance of the ground and addition details is the result of the ProCreate app continually crashing while editing the layer. Apparently the “record” function just ignored what I was doing and jumps ahead of the glitch. To the app developers credit, the app doesn’t lose the picture itself when these crashes happen, and even though ProCreate doesn’t bill itself as an animation tool, the crashing and subsequent hiccups in the playback sequence drive me nuts. The rest of the app is so polished that it really highlights the problems when they occur. And the final art, with Spaceman Spiff breaking up a little dino-rumble: Also on Relatively Average: Using the Procreate App for iPad for animation Zinno Justa Poboy – An Edgar Allen Poe...
Jurassic Park Lite

Jurassic Park Lite

After completing my Stegosaurus sculpture, I decided that I wanted to try another dinosaur sculpture…kind of a companion piece. I knew I wanted this one to be much, much larger, and give me the opportunity to have some more fun with the construction and the treatment of the metal. I figured a Brachiosaurus would be large enough. Because I was under a time crunch, I purchased the piece of rebar that would become the spine from a pretty limited selection of rebar at the Home Depot. The shop where I usually get my meta for my projects, Industrial Metal Supply, has more options and better prices, but are clear across town and I didn’t have time to make the trip before my the lab, so I ended up with 10 feet of half-inch rebar strapped to the top of the car. The problem, I discovered with half-inch rebar, is that it’s too thick to shape using the bender we had in the lab. I could either get slight bends or really drastic folds in the bar, but nothing like the sloping curves I was looking for. I decided to try heating it with a torch and bending that way. While it did technically work, I was really unhappy with he result, and in the end, had to change the sculpture into a smaller dinosaur, simply because I couldn’t get the bends in the rebar right to give me the correct proportions I was looking for. While the finished project is a fine Apatosaur, it’s not the monster I wanted to end up with, so I may work up another...
Stegosaurus, Part 2

Stegosaurus, Part 2

Completed the work on my Stegosaurus sculpture, so I brought it home. If we didn’t have a house full of dogs I would leave it in the back yard. Also on Relatively Average: Creating a Stegosaurus Disc golf practice basket Learning to love creating IRL –...