Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 288-293

I've recently been very obsessed with mammal skulls.  I think that it's fascinating how, unlike reptile skulls which are generally very straightforward, mammal skulls almost never look like what they are.  I love the complicated architecture and think they are a lot of fun to draw.  So I have drawn 6 different mammal skulls below.  Try and figure out what mammal they belong to!  (Answers at bottom)

(HINT: As with most of my work, there seems to have been a strong carnivore bias.  I wonder why that is?  Perhaps I am a more violent person than I believe...  Also, for the fourth one, look at the ear...)

  1. Horse
  2. Mouse
  3. River Otter
  4. Vampire Bat
  5. Dog
  6. Polar Bear

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 282-287

Making good on my promise from yesterday: six doodles!

I was in a very cartoony mood today.  And also apparently a very otherworldly one, because 4 of these six doodles are aliens.

First is some alien that I made up.  I had a lot of fun designing his uniform.  (As you can probably tell because it is the most detailed part...)

Here's a grumpy underwater alien.

Whom you should fear because he has designed himself a 50s B-movie air suit.  Look out!

I really have no idea what the story about this one is.  I actually laughed when I finished it because I had no idea what I had just drawn.  There's definitely a story here.  Interpretations are welcome.

A quick ink cartoon of the Fourth doctor, with his famous scarf somehow not tripping him up as he walks with reckless abandon back to the TARDIS, grinning like a madman.

And finally, an ink sketch of my hand.  This might be my favorite of the bunch, actually.  I like the simplicity of it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 281

Okay, I admit I'm kind of cheating here.  But I've had a ridiculous week and was not going to be able to get six whole doodles out today.  So instead of giving a bunch of terrible doodles or waiting till tomorrow to update, I'm giving you one okay doodle with the promise of six more tomorrow.  Deal?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 280

Here's a creature concept that's been kicking around in my head for a while.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 279

My doodle for today is of my girlfriend, Alicia.  I've actually been working on this drawing for a while, but I finished it today so that's what counts.  I didn't plan it to go up on Valentines Day, but I guess it worked out that way.  (Though I kind of hate Valentine's Day...)  

Anyway, to avoid increasing the amount of sap on the internet, I will just say this: Happy Valentimes, Alicia! You are wonderful.

Doodle-A-Day 278

Another non-dinosaur prehistoric animal.  This time it's Dimetrodon: a sail-backed synapsid from the Permian.  Though it is often found with dinosaurs in kids books, Dimetrodon is more ancient and is in fact more closely related to us than to Dinosaurs.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 272-277

I doodle a lot of dinosaurs.  While I DO think that dinosaurs are awesome, I think it is time that I show a little love for some other extinct critters.  So for the next while, every time I get the urge to draw a dinosaur, I'll draw a different prehistoric animal instead.  First is a (sloppy) mammoth.

Some weird... buildings or something?

A goblin type monster guy.

I think this is one of the most creative things I have ever drawn.  I think it actually gives really good insight into my brain.

A while back I drew some mountain whales.  Well, those were in actuality Eastern Mountain Whales.  Rocky Mountain Whales look quite a bit different actually.  (You happy, Sarah?)

And finally, a sketch of a very bored, very multilegged, high school kid.  I tried to not erase at all when I did this one.  It looks pretty sloppy, but I like how you can see the process.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 271

I don't usually post doodles I do in class, but I actually really liked how this one turned out so I scanned it.  It's some kind of Allosaur.  I am not going to be more specific than that as I had no reference material at the time (this was a direct result of being in my Spanish class.  You'd think for 4 credits I wouldn't doodle so much.  You'd think wrong.).  I want to stress that the feathers are ENTIRELY speculatory, as I mostly just tried them on a whim.  After I scanned it I did a little bit of research to see if they would be even a little justified.  I did find a tenuous connection in the form of a paper from 2010 describing the taxon Concavenator corcovatus (actually a pretty cool dinosaur; I should do a doodle soon), revealing that it may have had feathers, which would push back the evolution of feathers to include the Allosaurs as well.  However, considering the evidence was only some quill knobs on its arms, I'm going to admit that the full coat of feathers I chose to depict here are  only tenuously likely.  However!  Science does march on!  And I think this thing might be cool enough to be real... (that's how reality works, right?)

ETA:  Oh, and because I'm a good little scientist in training, I should probably cite that paper I mentioned:

Ortega, F., Escaso, F., Sanz, J. L. A bizarre, humped Carcharodontosauria (Theropoda) from the Lower Cretaceous of Spain.  Nature.  267, 203-206 (2010)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 267-270

Hey look!  A Doodle-A-Day post without the maximum number of doodles!  What a novelty!

I think I have a tendency to draw too many theropods on this blog.  This is probably because I think theropods are really cool.  However, I thought it was time to show some sauropod love.  Yay Apatosaurus! Or Brontosaurus to you folks that don't know about the name change that happened over 100 years ago.  (Or I guess the people that know that want to bring the name back.  I sympathize but I think it would just be confusing at this point.)

This is what I think it would look like if there was a major metropolitan city on my bedpost.

Behold the majestic sight of mountain whales!

And, finally, a giant ape man with a weird hairdo and beard.  (That's probably why he looks so grumpy.)  Uh-oh!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 261-266

Sigh.  Yet another 6-doodle post.  I'm sorry guys.

Anyway, there are some interesting ones in this one.

First up is a Cryptoclidus.

A sketch of my friend Sarah.

A quick ink doodle of my friend Kris.

The lobster king.

I don't know who this guy is, but I like his style.

And finally... I have absolutely NO idea where my brain went when I drew this one.  What it means?  Your guess is as good as mine.