ginasketch: (kakapo)















Also the Okapi drawing went to a good home yesterday





Thanks to everyone who came out last night! I had fun.
Tonight, dinner at The English Pig with Ozzy! I don't normally get to eat in restaurants of this caliber so I'm really looking forward to it!
ginasketch: (lady skellie)
My website has had a small update. I've added a section on scientific illustration. Here's one I did earlier. It's a harpy eagle skull. I used a technical pen for the stippling and shaded in the beak in Photoshop.




And since we're linking to things, and because I almost never do this, have some interesting linkspam:

Mayan glyphs depict the ceremonial importance of birds- link is from 2008 but it's still fascinating.

How to photograph the stars- the astronomical kind, not boring celebs. Might be of interest to my photographer friends.

Our Deerly Departed- An amazing Natural History shop. Sadly, I can't afford anything there at the moment!


That's all for now
ginasketch: (lady skellie)
My website has had a small update. I've added a section on scientific illustration. Here's one I did earlier. It's a harpy eagle skull. I used a technical pen for the stippling and shaded in the beak in Photoshop.




And since we're linking to things, and because I almost never do this, have some interesting linkspam:

Mayan glyphs depict the ceremonial importance of birds- link is from 2008 but it's still fascinating.

How to photograph the stars- the astronomical kind, not boring celebs. Might be of interest to my photographer friends.

Our Deerly Departed- An amazing Natural History shop. Sadly, I can't afford anything there at the moment!


That's all for now
ginasketch: (Default)
I managed to finish two more illustrations for my article and started practising Archaeological illustration, which is much more pared down. I need to start practising vector art again, since the clean line works well for this sort of thing. Now, the drawings:


Blue Footed Booby Birds
Blue Footed Booby Birds
Perhaps the Galapagos Island's most famous resident after the Giant Tortoise.
Violaceous Trogan
Violaceous Trogan
Trogans are gorgeous birds found throughout Central and South America. Perhaps the most well known is the Quetzal which is found in Guatemalan cloud forest. This guy is no where near as rare, and is fairly common on the Belizean mainland.
Eagle Axe God Pendant
Eagle Axe God Pendant
This was my first archaeological drawing. It's an "axe god". They are pre columbian pendants that were named "axe gods" because of the axe-like edge at the bottom of the sculpture. It was done in pencil and photoshop.

ginasketch: (Default)
I managed to finish two more illustrations for my article and started practising Archaeological illustration, which is much more pared down. I need to start practising vector art again, since the clean line works well for this sort of thing. Now, the drawings:


Blue Footed Booby Birds
Blue Footed Booby Birds
Perhaps the Galapagos Island's most famous resident after the Giant Tortoise.
Violaceous Trogan
Violaceous Trogan
Trogans are gorgeous birds found throughout Central and South America. Perhaps the most well known is the Quetzal which is found in Guatemalan cloud forest. This guy is no where near as rare, and is fairly common on the Belizean mainland.
Eagle Axe God Pendant
Eagle Axe God Pendant
This was my first archaeological drawing. It's an "axe god". They are pre columbian pendants that were named "axe gods" because of the axe-like edge at the bottom of the sculpture. It was done in pencil and photoshop.

ginasketch: (mayan)
I'm quite happy with this. I wanted at least one of the birds in an action pose. In this case one of them is eating Sea Grape blossoms.
They have loads of personality, so I decided not to use the previous drawing I had done of the parakeet in a static pose. You can see one in action here.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know of any fairly central and nice Bed and Breakfasts in London? Due to the leave situation I will not be able to travel up to Chester to see my parents, but they will be travelling down to see me. However, we're trying to save money because hotel prices are astronomical this time of year.
ginasketch: (mayan)
I'm quite happy with this. I wanted at least one of the birds in an action pose. In this case one of them is eating Sea Grape blossoms.
They have loads of personality, so I decided not to use the previous drawing I had done of the parakeet in a static pose. You can see one in action here.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know of any fairly central and nice Bed and Breakfasts in London? Due to the leave situation I will not be able to travel up to Chester to see my parents, but they will be travelling down to see me. However, we're trying to save money because hotel prices are astronomical this time of year.
ginasketch: (Frida)


Click behind the cut for the full image )

Edited: Adjusted the images. They now look like they should in terms of colour.
ginasketch: (Frida)


Click behind the cut for the full image )

Edited: Adjusted the images. They now look like they should in terms of colour.
ginasketch: (violin)
Large pack of feathers from [livejournal.com profile] furhideandbone came in the post yesterday. I've identified most of them (though forgot to photograph the guinea fowl feathers. Ah well.)


From left to right: Grey Peacock Pheasant (Polypectron bicaptun), Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), Peacock,(Pavo cristatus ),Lady Amerhest Pheasant (Chrysolophus amheriditae, Wild Turkey (Melueagris palloro), Ostrich (Struthio camelus)





a close up of the gorgeous eye feathers on the Grey Peacock Pheasant feathers.



I can't identify this however. It appears to be part of a wing. Any ideas? Quite a large image. )
ginasketch: (violin)
Large pack of feathers from [livejournal.com profile] furhideandbone came in the post yesterday. I've identified most of them (though forgot to photograph the guinea fowl feathers. Ah well.)


From left to right: Grey Peacock Pheasant (Polypectron bicaptun), Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), Peacock,(Pavo cristatus ),Lady Amerhest Pheasant (Chrysolophus amheriditae, Wild Turkey (Melueagris palloro), Ostrich (Struthio camelus)





a close up of the gorgeous eye feathers on the Grey Peacock Pheasant feathers.



I can't identify this however. It appears to be part of a wing. Any ideas? Quite a large image. )
ginasketch: (squid)
First of all, I've nearly finished the squid. I need to sew up the insides where the head meets the body and then make a felt eye. (The one in the picture is the paper pattern.) I think he's come out pretty well for my first sewing project.





Here are some more sketches from the zoo. It's a red crested turaco.






Arachnophobes beware, I've started the spider records at work. //\\( " )//\\
ginasketch: (squid)
First of all, I've nearly finished the squid. I need to sew up the insides where the head meets the body and then make a felt eye. (The one in the picture is the paper pattern.) I think he's come out pretty well for my first sewing project.





Here are some more sketches from the zoo. It's a red crested turaco.






Arachnophobes beware, I've started the spider records at work. //\\( " )//\\
ginasketch: (Default)





A close up of the male )
ginasketch: (Default)





A close up of the male )

Hum

Jan. 8th, 2010 10:29 pm
ginasketch: (bat blanket)
Feeling mildly better. I'm still down and tired. Suspect not seeing the sun for days is the culprit. However, drawing this little guy made me feel better.








click behind the cut for the draft drawing )

Hum

Jan. 8th, 2010 10:29 pm
ginasketch: (bat blanket)
Feeling mildly better. I'm still down and tired. Suspect not seeing the sun for days is the culprit. However, drawing this little guy made me feel better.








click behind the cut for the draft drawing )
ginasketch: (Default)
I'm pleased with today. I've accomplished a lot and it's only 2pm. Started solid work on a picture of a King Bird of Paradise:





And a close up:





So a strong start to a 4 day weekend, instead of previous days off where I've either been ill or uninspired. Earlier I made Mexican scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions, chilies and sausages. I hadn't had a big breakfast in a while. Later I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] fractalgeek and others to watch the Now Show being recorded.

Tomorrow I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] velvetfur for some wandering around galleries and then Saturday I'm off to Nottingham for [livejournal.com profile] wieselkind's German Christmas Party.
ginasketch: (Default)
I'm pleased with today. I've accomplished a lot and it's only 2pm. Started solid work on a picture of a King Bird of Paradise:





And a close up:





So a strong start to a 4 day weekend, instead of previous days off where I've either been ill or uninspired. Earlier I made Mexican scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions, chilies and sausages. I hadn't had a big breakfast in a while. Later I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] fractalgeek and others to watch the Now Show being recorded.

Tomorrow I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] velvetfur for some wandering around galleries and then Saturday I'm off to Nottingham for [livejournal.com profile] wieselkind's German Christmas Party.
ginasketch: (batty)
A photo of the owl in progress. Click to view a bigger version.





The sketchbook on the floor is where I work out feather colour before starting the piece. I need to get some A3 frames after work.

Btw, is anyone watching the meteor shower this week?
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