Tuesday, January 5, 2010


...Than never.

That's what the kids seem to say these days. Anywho... I mentioned in the last post (you know, over 3 months ago) that I was going to discipline myself to draw at least once a week with my tablet. Well... that discipline waned as real life and work waxed. I did use the damn tablet daily, but it seemed for far less artistic endeavors than I originally purchased it for. Enough ballyhoo... onto the point: I have recently been using the tablet for the artistic endeavors I originally purchased it for. (As always, click the image to see a larger version).

I was watching a TED talk about synthesizing life or something or other and I didn't know what to paint. That's Craig Venter, I guess. This loosened me up for the following:

It's a humanoid sentient Psittaca, a race I made up a while ago based on the Psittacosaur dinosaurs. "Parrot Lizards".

The sketch of Craig Venter took less than 45 minutes (I did it on my lunch hour). The Psittaca, however took about 16-20 hours total. The following image represents about 6 hours of work. You can see how much it changed.

I have a lot more time on my hands now. No more excuses! All art all the time!