Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Brief Plaintive Bleat

A somewhat more casual approach to paleoart...

Well, the struggle goes on. I'd just as soon go into full-blown collapse mode but I'm staring down the barrel of the end of the semester and I need to get something done for both classes. Here's what I'm doing for Digital Drawing.

The goal is to use this as a basis for a print visually modeled on Japanese brocade prints -- all the ink rendering will be replaced by flat shapes and depth will be indicated by using color and blur.

The Anomalocaris is still in the works but it's pretty clear that I'll need to spend some time staring at fossil photographs and making sketches and as I said, I'm looking at deadlines.

Now I have to go take care of some Swill business.

Damnit.

4 comments:

Glendon Mellow said...

Okay, this is totally one of my favourite pieces of yours.

You keep surprising me, Sean.

Sean Craven said...

Now I'm surprised -- I kinda hate this one. The cross-hatching doesn't suit the sky and I just dialed in the Metasequoias and retreating Edmontosaurs and the perspective isn't quite right and...

And like I keep telling myself, my job is no longer judging my art, it's putting it out where others can judge it. Thanks, man.

And I hope I have a few more surprises in store. That's me, operating on the borderline between eclectic and schizophrenic.

Zachary said...

Is that Tyrannosaurus or Albertosaurus? I only ask because the presence of Edmontosaurus is not mutually exclusive to either. With some color and reworking of the "action" element, this could turn out awesome, brother.

Sean Craven said...

Hey, Zach~

It's a pair of Tyrannosaurs. And I've got my hopes up for an acceptable piece at the end of the day.

I'm using this as a test piece for another series of pictures -- Twenty Views of the Morrison Formation, which will feature twenty four prints (sounds weird but the Hokusai fans will know where I'm coming from), one for every hour of the day. I'm going to take a set of views of a particular plot of land and show different animals coming and going over the course of a full day, all done in a Japanese print style. Hokusai/Hiroshige meets Sally Carrighar. We'll just have to see how it comes along...