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...
Another portrait attempt

Another portrait attempt

After catching up with a friend I haven’t seen since high school, I thought it might be an interesting challenge to draw someone from memory. Having only taken one picture that turned out dark that evening I didn’t have a lot to go on other than memory, so it was definitely difficult. In the end I can’t say that I am thrilled with it, but it is what it is. I guess that’s the point of practicing, right?     The behind the scenes video This is the part of the post where I usually show the video of the sped-up animation process, but the ProCreate app managed to crash multiple times during the process. Although it didn’t lose my drawing, it did lose the first half of the illustration, which in this one, was the most interesting. So no video on this one. Also on Relatively Average: Justa Poboy – An Edgar Allen Poe Illustration Zinno Using the Procreate App for iPad for...
Hanging out with the full moon

Hanging out with the full moon

The neighbors oleanders rise like kelp into the ocean of night sky behind over our back yard.   Last night, at the end of a very long day that began with a five and a half mile hike around the neighborhood and ended with replacing the bumpers on my car, after I got the dogs kenneled for the night and the house cleaned up, I decided that it was one of those rare nights when it was cool enough to sit outside and enjoy the night. The fact is, it wasn’t. It was still in the high nineties, and because this is our monsoon season, the humidity was at an uncomfortable level. But if I sat just right, and the breeze hit our yard at just the right angle, it was tolerable. Lighting up the last cigar I have at home, left over from the fishing trip my father and I took in July, I sat in the Adirondack chair on the back patio with my feet in the grass, watching the not-quite-supermoon-yet full moon float by over the neighbors oleander trees. The way they swayed together in the breeze it was easy to imagine they were kelp, dancing in unison to the silent music of an ocean current, reaching for the surface. I sat there for a long time, just sitting alone in the quiet darkness, thinking about life and work and some friends I hadn’t thought about in years; letting my mind wander isn’t something I give it much opportunity to do. That’s one of the things I really enjoy about cigars: I’m not much of a smoker, so...
Justa Poboy – An Edgar Allen Poe Illustration

Justa Poboy – An Edgar Allen Poe Illustration

As part of my new self-imposed “draw every day” mandate, I’m finding it easier to just draw on the iPad than to try to draw in a sketch book, since I always have it with me. Today’s daily doodle is a dark little Poe illustration created with ProCreate:     The behind-the-scenes Poe Illustration video: Also on Relatively Average: Zinno Another portrait attempt Using the Procreate App for iPad for...