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More on the Mosasaur

Well hello! This week I’ve got a real jawbreaker of a knuckle-ball for you folks… Check out this print I made!

Mosasaur Print Black

It turns out that 90lb computer paper is AWESOME for block printing!

Oooooooh, it’s a Mosasur! If you haven’t been listening, I kinda love these horrible, terrifying monsters. Being of course a marine reptile RATHER than a Dinosaur, they were coolest thing on the block riiiight before everything died. You know, 65 million years ago or what-have-you.

Anyhow, I thought I’d try something a little different. All my other dino block prints are just the bones, so this time I thought I’d try an outline of what the old boy might look like (strictly hearsay of course) and then carve out the part that we know for sure, the bones. Turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. I was a little worried about the details. But then again I made this with the intention of putting it on a t-shirt, so we’ll see how that goes.

The next two are on construction paper. Just remember, if you ever grow up to be an artist, construction paper, white glue, and the like are just as useful now as they were when you were in kindergarten. And brush your teeth, don’t forget about that, either.

Mosasaur Yellow Construction Paper

If it wasn't for the fact that construction paper will fade to gray after 10 minutes of light exposure, it would be pretty sweet, too.

Mosasaur Black Construction Paper

I messed around a bit with the orientation of it, and I think the yellow one was a lot closer. But this a BIG lino block. This sucker barely fits on an 8 1/2 x 11. Construction paper is bigger than that though. Yessss.

So since the last time I mentioned the Mosasaur on here, I’ve learned something EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS about it, and you can see it pretty well in this print (the black one more than the others). The Mosasaur actually had a second jaw on the roof of it’s mouth that moved INDEPENDENTLY from the top and bottom rows of teeth. It was smaller and more set back towards the throat than the other sets of teeath and it’s purpose was to clamp down on prey and hold it in place as it opened it’s mouth wider to swallow it’s prey. Soooo, what it comes down to is, if the Mosasaur bites you once, just once, you’re through. You’re eaten. You have no hope of getting away because it has an extra freaking jaw, full of backward facing teeth that hold you down (slippery little fish that you are) while it gets a better grip with it’s BIGGER teeth.

Oh, wow.

WEIRD SIDENOTE: I was just listening to my favourite Cryptozoology podcast, THE CRYPTID FACTOR (If you’ve never listened to it, you really should… the episodes are posted here. One episode is pretty good. Two is charming. Three and you’re a loyal, loyal fan. Just keeps getting funnier), and they were talking about a new theory that the Mosasaur STILL EXISTS off the coast of New Zealand. Uhhhhh… Kinda weird since it’s pretty much my favourite dino-type fellow, but also my absolute LAST choice for something I’d want to exist at the same time as. My own personal skepticism in this case being that if man was EVER able to successfully cross a body of water, it was because there weren’t any Mosasaurs around to eat them. Apparently there’s a chance that this is a much smaller off-shoot of it’s massive ancestors and is possibly warm blooded, which does make it much more likely to have survived all this time (warm blood being the reason early whales were able to escape from their greatest predators into colder, arctic waters and therefore survive until today).

I’m gonna look into this.

Feathered Dinos

SO! While we’re on the subject of the Canadian Museum of Nature, check out this drawing…

FEATHERS!!!

FEATHERS!!!

Ok, so he wasn’t in the bird section specifically, but that’s not his fault. Oh WOW, I was excited when I found out they had Dinosaur models with SKIN. And then I found the ones with FEATHERS! So cool. Dinosaur models with flesh attached are pretty rare from what I’ve seen, and nothing is cooler than a feathered dinosaur.

Anyhow, this little guy is obviously a theropod dinosaur. But specifically which one, I don’t actually know. Now, I’ve been kicking myself for not labeling a lot of the drawings of birds that I did, which is my own stupid fault, but this guy just plain wasn’t labeled (or at least not that I saw). I’d guess Deinonychus, EXCEPT for that fact that other Deinonychus models I’ve seen were much larger, so I really donno.

BUT that brings up an interesting point; the labeling system at the Nature museum wasn’t that great. In a few different sections there was the odd thing, like this dino, that wasn’t labeled. But what they were really good for was providing extra information about what you were looking at (some of the labeling came from the information panels, but wasn’t specifically lined up with the exhibit… which is fine if it makes you THINK about what you’re looking at, which was certainly a strength of the museum, but why were some things completely unlabeled?). And this is also where the ROM falls pretty woefully short. The ROM is extensively labeled, but specific information on the specimens is far too scarce. Mostly very general and very brief background is displayed there.

For the most part, anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I love these places, I just thought that was a fascinating parallel. But it just goes to show that no one’s perfect… and neither am I, so I better go do some more drawings.

See you next week!

My Business is Cards

SO! There I was Friday afternoon… hours away from a gallery opening (my first one! …awwww, he’s growing up) and needing some kind of a business card… so what do I do? Shoot! I made me some business cards! Check ’em out, go on! Go on!

Business Cards 1

Classy little suckers, aren’t they? Website on the inside, the death pose on the outside…

Inside Business Card

Is that coreycanvas thing in the corner really necessary?

Death Pose Card 2

How did I do it, you ask? Well I’ll tell you!

I had to cut down some 8.5 x 11 card stock, score it along the back, fold it… carve a lino block with my website… here’s where it gets tricky…

The next step was to wreck two of them cause a stencil I had of the death pose dino from a while back really, really didn’t work. So at the very last minute I carved a new dino out of a lino block (another failed Dracula illustration put to good use).

Long story short, I stole the idea of a lino block business card from my dear brother (credit where credit is due). But I put a pretty severe Corey twist on it, if you know what I mean.

Death Pose Card

Not bad for three hours of work. I made exactly 50. The coolest part is that I can always carve another block or two and add some more information for future business carding.

Dino Developments Part 2

Whoa! So it turns out that I can’t even keep up with all the Dinosaur news lately… Since last week there’s been a whole bunch of hoopla about Sinosauropteryx and how we now know exactly what colour it was! Man, that’s cool… feathers and all! Don’t get me started on the feathers…

BUT this week I was planning to talk about the Mosasaur and talk about the Mosasaur I shall! Ok, so a Mosasaur isn’t TECHNICALLY a Dinosaur, it’s a reptile, and a kickass one at that. And I’ve just recently learned HOW kickass they really were…

Ahem, the Mosasaur was an aquatic reptile. After it’s emergence, it managed to become and remain the dominant predator in the ocean until the great extinction, you know, when all the coolest animals died. Which is a serious bummer. (I gather they showed up sometime in the Cretaceous period, which was the last age of the Dinosaurs)

How cool IS that, you ask? Well let’s think about all the other badass predators that would have been around at the time… They beat out the Plesiosaurs (long-necked, Loch Ness Monster types) and the Icthyosaurs (kinda like dolphins if dolphins were horrible monsters) and even the Ginsu Shark… That’s right, it bullied the biggest shark to ever swim in the oceans.

THAT’S the really cool part I just learned… I always thought that as soon as sharks arrived on the evolutionary scene, it was game over for every other kind of predator, especially giant reptile monsters. And this would have been true for the Mosasaur, except that their answer to the Ginsu Shark was to grow so large that even a pack of sharks were no match for it. The Ginsu Shark’s response to even bigger Mosasaurs? Move to parts of the ocean WHERE THERE WERE NO MOSASAURS!

Apparently that’s why sharks still exist to this day, because they were smart enough to know when they were beaten. Wow. Here’s a fun retrospective of all the times I’ve drawn a Mosasaur…

Mosasaur Florence

From the Museum of Paleontology in Florence, Italy.

From the ROM

From the ROM.

The ROM (I love that place)

The ROM (I love that place).

The ROM again... this was the first time I used this SWEET new pen... the Lamy Safari Pen! ...oh, no one but me cares...

The ROM again... this was the first time I used this SWEET new pen... the Lamy Safari Pen! ...oh, no one cares but me...

And to top it all off, I actually have a fossilized Mosasaur tooth. My brother and his wife gave it to me a while back. I did a painting of it for the big project I’m working on, “I Am Artist.” But more on that some other time.

Mosasaur Tooth

Dino Developments Part 1

So I’ve been hearing a lot about Dinosaurs lately… Which is something because I’ve always got my ears open for anything to do with our dear departed friends, the Dinosaurs, and I’ve been hearing more than usual. There’s a lot to cover here, so I’m gonna make this a two-part post.

Well for one thing, they’re always discovering new Dinosaurs here and there, and that’s pretty awesome… but my old pal Chad sent me this link to a National Geographic article the other day which JUST happened to coincide with a show I watched on the National Geographic channel about these weirdo death pits from the Jurassic period. They contained a lot of “Guanlong” fossils, an ancestor of the T-Rex…

Which brings me to my point this week. Right AFTER the show about the death pits was a show about the strange developments in Dinosaur anatomy just before their extinction. Dinosaurs were diversifying so much at that time that certain parts of their bodies were becoming seemingly useless according to the imaginations of archaeologists today. For example, the tiny arms on the Tyrannosaurus Rex. What could they possibly do with those things?

What they apparently came up with was that a T-Rex used it’s tiny arms during mating to “tickle” it’s mate.

In 24 years, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Thanks, National Geographic.

Here’s a picture of a T-Rex…

I somehow doubt a Tyrannosaurus is even ticklish, but hey, what do I know? I just draw pictures.

I somehow doubt a Tyrannosaurus is ticklish, but hey, what do I know? I just draw pictures.

More dinos next week!