I've been thinking of my brother an awful lot lately. I miss him very much. But I get to see him in less than a week for Spring Break!
The next three doodles are continuing with my attempt to bring a bit more variety to the prehistoric fauna I draw for the doodles-a-day. These three creatures all come from the Burgess Shale Formation and lived about 530 million years ago. They are some of the oldest multicellular creatures known and some of them are just downright strange.
This first one is my favorite: Hallucigenia. This thing is just WEIRD. The Cambrian was a time when Evolution was more than just a process: it was a playground. These strange things look like some dreamed up alien monster. But they were real! How cool is that!?
Next is one of the first arthropods: Anomalocaris. Again, how strange is this guy? Isn't it so cool to think that every arthropod alive today, from spiders and crabs to insects, is related to this monstrosity?
And finally, this is Haikouichthys, one of the very first chordates. It was about is big as your thumbnail, and yet you are descended from a creature very like this. (Well, I guess that is assuming you are a chordate from the planet earth. Which I suppose is a fairly narrow minded assumption considering the vastness of the universe. Unfortunately, Blogger Stats does not take into account interstellar traffic. Sorry to the off-planet demographic.)
Wow, really let the doodles get away from me again this week. But at least I haven't passed the limit. Guess life just got a little ridiculous there for a while. But here are 6 doodles, all of which I'm pretty happy with actually. (Wow, can you believe I've done 315 of these things?!)
First up is the giant Paleocene predatory bird, Diatryma. Well, I guess they are calling it Gastornis now, but I like Diatryma better.
Next is an ink drawing of Smilodon fatalis. This is my least favorite of the bunch. I feel like the ink could have given it a lot more depth but it just feels flat and emotionless where it should feel powerful and energetic.
Next are my interpretations of two Spider-Man villains. Mysterio:
... and Vulture. I recently saw someone suggest that Terry O'Quinn should play Vulture, and I think that would be PERFECT casting. So I used him as a model for Vulture here, hoping that if I drew it it would come true.
Sometimes my brain scares me.
And other times it's AWESOME. This feels like what it would be like if Dr. Seuss met Firefly.
And my week and a half of Doctor Who culminates with the current Doctor. Matt Smith has been playing the Eleventh Doctor since 2010.
I admit it took me quite some time to warm up to Eleven. I was so heartbroken when Ten left, and the show made no effort to hold my hand through the process, so I was initially very resentful of Eleven for replacing Ten.
However, I have since come to love him as well. He may be very different, but he is still The Doctor. Eleven, in direct contrast to his predecessor, is extremely awkward and very alien. He simply has trouble relating with humans, though he cares about them deeply. He seems to have come to an uneasy peace with his role as the last remaining Time Lord, and his role in their extinction. He is exuberant, enthusiastic, and occasionally childish. However, behind his youthful exterior, Eleven really seems like a centuries-old alien that has seen much pain and darkness. As Matt Smith said of the character, he is goofy and dorky because he has to be. If he wasn't, he'd go insane.
Well, I had a really good run but eventually life caught up to me and I didn't have time to doodle. Oh well. I think that's the first time I've had a solid week full of on-time doodles in MONTHS.
The Eighth Doctor only appears in the 1996 American TV Movie: Doctor Who. He was played by Paul McGann. Eight was kind, enthusiastic, and encouraging. In fact, he was the first Doctor to show romantic interest in a human companion.
The Ninth Doctor was played by Christopher Eccleston during the first season of the revised series in 2005. Nine was in many ways a departure from previous regenerations. Having fought in, and been the winner of, the Time War, he was very much a soldier. Unlike his previous incarnations, Nine carries the guilt of being personally responsible for the extinction of his species -- though he still believed it had been necessary in order to destroy the Daleks once and for all (or so he thought.) Still, despite his harshness, Nine could also be very warm and jovial once you'd won his respect.
I have a soft spot for Nine, as he was my first Doctor. That dorky smile, the big ears, the leather jacket. I wish we could have spent more time with him. He was "fanTAStic!"
And now we get to the Tenth Doctor. Ten was played by David Tennant from 2005-2010 and is many people's favorite Doctor. Though I was stung by Eccleston's departure, Tennet managed to win me over and I now must admit that he is, and probably always will be, MY Doctor. Ten was talkative, enthusiastic, loud, and prone to flights of fancy. He had his darker side though, often quick to anger and vengeance. Occasionally he let his own power get the better of him, as when he tried to change a fixed point in time, declaring that his status as the Last of the Time Lords made him a "Time Lord Victorious," to disastrous results. Besides just liking their company, Ten needed his companions to keep him in check. However, despite his darker side, Ten cared for everyone in the universe, especially his companions, in a way that seemed more human than any other incarnation of The Doctor.
The Seventh Doctor was portrayed by Sylvester McCoy during the last years of the classic series: from 1987-1989, when the show was cancelled. He made his final appearance 7 years later in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, when he regenerates into Eight.
Seven was intelligent, cunning, and manipulative. As Seven, the Doctor destroyed Skaro, the Dalek's homeworld. Nevertheless, despite Seven's manipulative streak, he was still cared greatly for his companions and the well-being of the universe, using his complicated gambits generally for good.
The Sixth Doctor was played by Colin Baker from 1984-1986. Pretty much the opposite of his predecessor, Six was rude, egotistical, manic, and once again having difficult-to-draw hair (I can't wait till I get to Nine...). Six wore a costume that was designed to be as garish as possible, with many clashing colors and patterns.
The Fifth Doctor was played by Peter Davison from 1981-1984.
Five was much more passive and reserved than his previous regenerations. He tended towards non-violence and tended to be very indecisive. However, there was something exceedingly human about Five, which was something that David Tennant later claimed as inspiration for his portrayal of The Doctor.
Five had the curious habit of wearing a stalk of celery on his lapel and had the least difficult-to-draw hair since the Second Doctor.
Ah, he of the infinite scarf. The Fourth Doctor was played by Tom Baker from 1974 - 1981, a total of seven years: the longest tenure of any actor as the Doctor. Goofy, strange, and exceedingly alien, Four is probably the most well-known of the classic Doctors.
The Third Doctor today. Three was played by Jon Pertwee from 1970-1974.
Being exiled to Earth, Three worked extensively with UNIT and with Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewert. He wore far more outlanding costumes than his predecessors, usually wearing some elaborate jacket of some wild color. He was very fond of vehicles, frequently driving around in his favorite car, which he named "Bessie."
The Doctor Who week continues with a doodle of the Second Doctor, portrayed by Patrick Troughton from 1966-1969.
The Second Doctor was younger and goofier than the First Doctor, and his stories had more action. As Two, The Doctor fought the Daleks and the Cybermen once more, met more human companions, and met the Brigadier for the first time. Two's time was cut short when he was put on trial by the Time Lords for breaking their non-interference laws and was forced to regenerate.
I'm starting another theme week! Well, actually a theme eleven days. Over the next week and a half, I am going to draw all eleven regenerations of The Doctor. (From Doctor Who.)
Today is the First Doctor, portrayed by William Hartnell from 1963-1966.
Though he is the oldest in appearance, this is actually the youngest version of The Doctor. This is the regeneration that grew up on Gallifrey, stole a TARDIS to see the universe, (reluctantly) took his first human companions, and first encountered the Daleks.
First of all, today is my mom's birthday! Yay! My mom is one of the most wonderful people in the whole world and I owe so much of who I am today to her amazing job of raising me. Thanks mom! Hope you have had a wonderful birthday! I drew this quick sketch...
Next, continuing with my theme of obsession with mammal skulls, are some prehistoric whale skulls.
First is Pakicetus, a carnivorous land mammal that lived about 49 million years ago.
Next is another early whale ancestor, Ambulocetus, from about the same time. Ambulocetus had already begun the transition from land to water and almost certainly spent time in both.
This is Basilosaurus, a large, fully aquatic whale from about 35 million years ago.
And, finally, a quick life sketch of Basilosaurus, which, despite the name, was a whale and not a dinosaur. The people that discovered it were dumb.