Friday, January 20, 2006

Illustration Friday: CATS Pt.1

the amazonian unicorn

colored pencil (berol prismacolor)
approx. 16" x 16"
on 180lb. Arches hot press watercolor paper

I am planning to do an original illo for this week's topic, but I couldn't resist a chance to get this guy posted... because he's one of my favorites and I love him. He lives in the trees of the Amazonian rain forest and has many cat-like traits, big cat traits that is. He's about the size of lion, but a bit larger. Omnivorous; he can and will eat anything.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Illustration Friday: E IS FOR...

my favorite thing in the world - the elegant Equine; Equus caballus.

I've only gotten through the first 350 posts or so, but I still can't believe my fellow horse lovers have not gotten this one...
but since I have about a million illustrations of horses and I wanted to something a little more special I dug a little deeper, which in turn led me to ECLIPSE: the famous EIGHTEENTH century racehorse in ENGLAND, winning his first face, of 21 undefeated starts, at EPSOM.

This is only a first draft sketch of the original idea. I'd like to fill it out and finish it in color. But I'm pretty happy with the results so far - happy that I got this far! Didn't think I was going to make it!!

So, if by chance you have any interest at all, here's a little back ground on Eclipse:

One of the greatest racehorses in history, Eigthy percent of modern thoroughbred racehorses have Eclipse in their pedigrees. He had an almost freakish speed and ability, was unbeaten in his Entire racing career.

He was born on April 5th 1764, a day in which England experienced a total eclipse of the sun. Eclipse's history is surrounded by rumour, he is remembered as being boisterous and highly-strung. His best friend was a parrot who would squawk psalms and popular songs. Some stories relate that he was broken by a rough-rider and others that the only jockey able to ride him was John Oakley due to his habit of running with his nose to the floor. What is certain is that during his first race, the Epsom Derby in 1769, he easily outstripped his rivals despite Oakley fighting to keep him under control. Eclipse literally ran away with the £50 purse, causing his owner, Col. Dennis O'Kelly, to utter the famous remark 'Eclipse first, the rest nowhere'.

Eclipse ran in 21 races and won every single one without his jockey needing to resort to whips or spurs.

Success on the racecourse was followed by success at stud. Though never a leading sire himself, Eclipse came second every year between 1778 - 1788, the only time he was ever bested. Perhaps his most famous descendant was not a racehorse at all but his grandson, a charger by the name of Copenhagen who was the mount of the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo.

Eclipse died of colic in 1789, having sired 344 winners in his lifetime. He was important enough as a racehorse and a sire to warrant finding out as much about his body as possible. The most significant fact revealed, apart from the strength and harness of his bones, was the weight of his heart: 14.3 lb. The average Equine heart weighs 9 lb.

Eclipse's skeleton is owned by the Royal Veterinary College and can be seen at the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket. He is also remembered in the name of the Eclipse Stakes, which has been run since 1886 and the Eclipse Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars for the North American racing industry.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Illustration Friday: SEA

Day or Night... Day or Night... mmmm, Day.

the caribbean unicorn

colored pencil (berol prismacolor)
approx. 12" x 18"
on 180lb. Arches hot press watercolor paper

Back to basics. Another oldie. This was officially the first unicorn of my small series. I was working on turning them into a book, but I can't write... so, yeah... it went no where. I did come up with plenty of theories though:

This guy is amphibian, he never actually leaves the water (unless absolutely necessary - life threatened - blah, blah, blah), but spends most of his lifetime wading through it. Unicorns are usual solitary animals, but the Caribbean variety are very social. They have strong family bonds and mate for life. Babies are born looking like sea horses (usually in twins or triplets) and spend the first several years clinging to the long tail hairs of the parents (both parents raise the fawnlings).

I'm sure I have more, but this is all I could remember at the moment. I had favorite foods, life spans, and personality traits all worked out at one time.

It was tough selecting this illo. I actually had several I could use for this theme - and I couldn't decide. But I hadn't presented a unicorn in quite a while, so in the end I had to go back... enjoy!!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Illustration Friday: FLAVOR .Pt2

still not new, but i can make the theme connection in my own warped way. i could tell you how, but then i'd have to kill you.

anyway, i did these conceptual drawings as self / promotional pieces for my friend's website Tangerine Café. tangerine is a fruit... AND a flavor! ha!

is it friday again yet? i need this week to be OVER!! :)

Illustration Friday: FLAVOR .Pt1

so, i waited all week and i still couldn't come up with something new! sheesh!! i'm completely disguested with myself, well... okay, not really... but partially. ;)

these illos are a couple years old - they're label illustrations for scented body lotions or bath washes or something. since you can't have flavor without scent, i say it works.

i know they're pretty boring, my apologies... i ran out of time!