Month: August 2012

Deinonychus (studies)

I was doing a few studies to draw an adult dienonychus. It presented some new drawing challenges; the feathers, for instance. There was also the problem of leathery dinosaurian skin coming from behind the plumage. Plus I wanted to do the same kind of thing I did with the T-Rex and try to get an understanding of how the anatomy worked.


The arm is where I first looked. I looked at a few photos of mounted dromaeosaurs to get s feel of how they sat. Some mounts had them outstretched and others had them tucked by their sides. What’s interesting to note is that the hands are horizontal, palms down, when tucked in; and upright, palms facing each other in the centre when the arms are extended. This restricted use of the wrist, is still evident in modern birds.


Drawing the limb, which very much resembles a plucked chicken wing; and then the feathers over it worked nicely. The plumage I kept grey as most likely it would have been. Next I had a look at the leg; again, comparing it to modern bird legs. They share a lot in common, even chickens still have reptilian scales on their legs. The big difference was the modified inside claw; this toe controlled the famous sickle claw of the dromaeosurs.


The first dienonychus reconstruction I drew was an adult animal in a dramatic pose. It was vocalising; and poised d though to leap or jump. However the leg gets lost amongst the arm plumage.


I wanted to create a bird-like, ignorant curiosity in the drawings. The next study is a more close-up view of the animal’s head and neck. The red eyes are a bit fanciful, though not entirely impossible, but I did want the dinosaur to have some colour.


The final drawing I want to do is of two adult dienonychus. One in an active pose and the other in a more relaxed state. I’ve got a few other drawings on the go so don’t know when I’ll get back to the raptor.


The Hotdog

My sister today asked me to draw for her a French Bulldog as a superhero without giving much explanation. The idea was quirky enough to make me take a break from drawing dinosaurs. So after a few sketches on some stick-notes, I drew this little bastard: The Hotdog *cue heroic music*



The T-Rex has really woken my inner child; all I want to draw now is dinosaurs. Add to that it was the Monkeys’ (my 6 year-old twin brothers) birthday on the weekend, and they were given a beautifully illustrated dinosaur encyclopaedia that I was all over for hours before I let the have a look…

While I’m still exploring what is possible with the iPad, I’ll be exploring as much textures and colours as I can. The perfect next candidate would be one of the feathered avian dinosaurs. Dienonychus is a good candidate because there’s fairly well studied, and reconstructions are quite abundant. However before I get to that, I need to do a bit of testing…

So this is a quick sketch I did on the way home from work, trying to see how I could render feathers. However, despite most reconstruction’s flamboyant palettes, likely the green below is inaccurate, as the oldest and most dinosaurian birds spices are rather bland. Think emu, kiwi, ostrich…


Tyrannosaurus rex

Really happy how this one turned out. I was trying out a new rendering technique for the colour, I wasn’t entirely sure about it t first. However, once I started to do the line work, I was actually surprised about how it was turning out. I’m going to have to use this technique a bit more with some other subjects, but at the end of the day, this one is made that much more awesome because it a tyrannosaur!



The Dark Knight

A reconstruction of a panel from Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again (2001-2002).

In a rage, Superman smashes his way into the Batcave to ‘talk’ with Bruce. He has his ass handed to him by The Flash, The Green Arrow and The Atom, before a Bats demonstrates the he and his Kryptonite gauntlets are not interested in talking…