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One Reason Why I’m Crazy

Here’s a good example of why my studio is like an optical illusion sometimes…

I was doing a painting of a couple souvenirs I bought at the Nature Museum (yes, I’m still talking about it), and I was about to go make some coffee or something when I realised what I had sitting on my desk.

The painting is pretty unfinished at the time of the phot, but REST ASSURED I finished the crap out of it a little while later.

The painting is pretty unfinished at the time of the photo, but REST ASSURED I finished the heck out of it a little while later.

At least it’s not a painting of a painting. Those really confuse me sometimes when I’m doing other stuff.

Now the FOSSIL in the painting is of Knightia Eocaena, a quite common specimen from the Green River Formation in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Why is this so cool?? Well, for starters it’s a fossil, but if for some reason that isn’t enough, the Green River Formation is one of the most unique fossil sites in the world. It was essentially an entire ecosystem that was fossilized, and therefore one of the most complete pictures of an extinct ecosystem we have. Everything from insects to plant life (quite rare otherwise) to these little fish were all preserved. And apparently since it’s such a rich site, there’s a profusion of these fossils, which I guess is why I was able to purchase one for $20. Quite a steal, if you ask me.

And it doesn’t stop there! I JUST realised after reading about the fish fossil that the ROM has a small section specifically dedicated to the Green River (“realised” meaning Jessica pointed it out to me). So the next time I’m there, you can bet I’m gonna draw the crap out of it. Learning? Don’t mind if I do.

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!

More Adventures in Drawing!

WHOA-HO! Hello! Man oh man, have I been bottling up some sweeeeeeet stuff to post. Lots of good stuff coming for the next few weeks, THAT is a promise.

Anyhow, gotta start somewhere… My girlfriend, Jessica and I just discovered this CRAAAZY museum in Ottawa, THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE! Wow. Wow wow wow. I honestly can’t stress enough how cool this place is. Sorry to say it, but it puts the ROM to shame. Terrible shame. Except maybe in the prehistoric department, in that case the ROM wins and as far as I’ve seen is second only to The Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, which is badass like NO ONE’S business. But back to the museum at hand…

The Nature Museum? I love it. I recommend it (especially if you’re a museum-drawing-kind-of-weirdo, like me, then I know you’d love it). As sad as it is though, nothing has gotten me THAT excited about drawing in a long time… possibly since 2007, when I was in Italy.

So at the Museum I LEARNED that I weigh the equivalent of:

5 Wild Turkeys, or…

42 Ducks, or…

633 Blue Jays, or…

18 623 Red-Throated Hummingbirds.

Which is fascinating if you compare me to each of them… because really, 5 wild turkeys could pretty easily kill me. You know, in a battle royal, Godzilla vs King Kong kind of a deal. 5 of those things, pecking, clawing and flapping? No more Corey.

Also it’s pretty clear that 42 ducks could kill me, too. 5? No chance. 15? I might make it out with both eyes. But 42? I lose.

And 633 blue jays?? They could just wear-me-out-to-death from having to fight off 633 crazed blue jays, one by one. Phew.

And come on, 18 623 hummingbirds? Can you even imagine that headed for you? I could, and it would be TERRIBLE. There is no question in my mind that they could kill me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be morbid, or even funny for that matter… I’m just saying that pound for pound, birds are cooler than me.

Here’s some sketches!

I laughed out loud after I drew that kingfisher... look at his head!

I laughed out loud after I drew that kingfisher... look at his head!

A Blue Jay and Stellar's Jay. Jays are so cool!! Look at them!

A Blue Jay and Stellar's Jay. Jays are so cool!! Look at them! HA!

This was an awesome setup... it's 3 different species of Candian bird of prey, male and female. Hmm? COOL!

This was an awesome setup... it's 3 different species of Candian bird of prey, male and female. Hmm? COOL!

This was a lot of fun cause I rounded it out at the ROM the other day because they just happen to have a Great Blue Heron skeleton!

This was a lot of fun cause I rounded it out at the ROM the other day because they just happen to have a Great Blue Heron skeleton!

There’s also a Great Blue Heron that lives in Waterloo Park. This should help the next time I try to draw him from afar. MORE NEXT WEEK!!