Sketch of Deinocheirus mirificus, based on what was coming out of SVP 2013. Then I read the abstract of the paper describing the remains of this dinosaur and it turns out I made the sail too small (might be more like that in the simple sketch at the top). Whoops. But it still gets across how unexpectedly weird Deinocheirus turned out to be.
The bizarre atmosphere of Calydos is nearly impenetrable to sound waves, so the local organisms have evolved to use other means of communication. Though the Calydosians can talk, sound only travels about one metre on their planet, so for long range communications they use colour. Like an octopus they can change the colour and patterns on their skin to communicate to each other. Consequently, they have a complex language of colours, which has actually become an obstacle for their exploration of the universe. The role of colour is unique to Calydosian society, and their early space explorers didn’t realise that other civilizations might not communicate in the same way. This has lead to several embarrassing incidents, the most infamous of which is the war that nearly broke out after a Calydosian space captain interpreted a turquoise drink cup from a Venusian fast-food chain as a grave insult to his mother.
To prevent such incidents, the Calydosian space agency has issued protective goggles to all its members that make them see the world in hot pink (the colour of safety). Skopos, however, chooses not to wear them (in fact she threw her pair into a black hole) as she is fascinated by the colours of the alien societies she visits. A young Calydosian (only 59 years old), she is a cosmic tourist who collects artefacts from the planets she visits to better understand their cultures. Unfortunately, though she tries hard to understand alien cultures, Skopos has little understanding of the concept of material possessions. Sometimes she collects things that she really has no right to take, like religious icons, neon signs, and rogue time machines. Skopos is, essentially, an accidental Indiana Jones.
I made a thing for the Doctor Who Regenerated monster competition! There’s so many cool entries, you should have a look!
I’ve been revising old story ideas and character designs. This fellow is a lava spirit who’s been part of a story for years. I wasn’t sure if I was going to give it a redesign, since I liked the old one, but this new version worked for me and more importantly it fit into the new aesthetic of the story.
(Owing to uni work said story is on the backburner, but I’ll throw out more character concepts in the future)
(Also I need a good book for drawing things that scan well, cause my sketchbook does not as you can see in the above image. Any brand recommendations?)
Mucking around with line colours, inspired partly by Aboriginal Australian rock art.
There was an audible gasp in the theatre when this happened. Not kidding.
Sketches I did at the Australian Museum yesterday as research for a THING.
But what’s the story that connects all these things together?
You’ll find out later.
I found this rather amazing program called FireAlpaca and it is everything I hoped for in a free graphics editing program.
This is my first experiment with it. I liked how it went but I need to learn how to do the lines better.