Armored Dinosaurs

stegosaurus_abby_6_webStegosaurus is my favorite dinosaur, so my daughter Abby drew one for me. While cutting it out, I got to thinking about it’s tail. Reading about Stegosaurus, I learned that they have two rows of two spikes on their tails, but Abby’s looked more like an Anklyosaurus tail to me. Which got me thinking about familys of Dinosaurs and whether the two of them were related. Turns out that yes they are both from a larger family of armored dinosaurs. Pretty cool, huh?

Today’s research was done mostly on Wikipedia.


INKtober Week One

89125e0f409ae0f2-weblogoSo the first week of INKtober is behind us and I’m already a couple of days behind because I was out of the studio at a three day show. We’ve still got the whole month to catch up though, right? In case you haven’t heard of INKtober before, here’s the low down, and you can find more info on the INKtober Website.

INKtober was created by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.

Anyone can do INKtober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

INKtober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.)

So this year, I’m focusing on getting a little experience with a brush and ink. I’m using round #4 and #6 brushes and 50/50 mix of ProArt waterproof india ink and Liquitex INK! Transparent Burnt Sienna over my line work done with a Faber-Castell PITT pen, size S (.5mm). All the ink is waterproof in case I want to go back over it with watercolor or gouache later.

Anikanas monster for the Hobomancer game setting by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade Family
This little beauty is a monster from the Hobomancer roleplaying setting by Hex Games.

INKtober Day two, the costume pitch drawing by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade FamilyYou may recognize this one from last week’s Life With Girls comic. Life With Girls started life as single panel illustrated status updates. It was kind of nice to get back to it’s roots for a bit.


INKtober day three, Utah Raptor by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade FamilyPenny Loves Dinosaurs is still going strong. Doing little drawings like this of Utah Raptor gives me a chance to think about what we’d like to talk about and how.

INKtober day three, Badger Mage by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade FamilyMy sketch book is becoming more and more populated by these animal adventurers as I dig deeper into a larger story that I want to tell. I tinted this guy with Watercolor  Gouache.

Watercolor Wednesday – Dinosaur Shadowboxes

PLD_Pteranodon_shadowbox_web2Today’s Watercolor Wednesday is kind of unusual. Obviously, these aren’t straight watercolors, but this was always kind of the direction I was headed for when starting the Penny Loves Dinosaurs project. Collaboration of ideas between different artists, materials and techniques.  The Pteranodon in this illustration was done by eight year old Makynzi, at the Saint Louis Science Center earlier this summer. She was really excited about doing the drawing, and wanted to make it as realistic as she could.

This is the first shadowbox I’ve done in years, and of course it was a lot more complex than I really expected it to be. I learned a lot from this first project though, which made the next one A LOT easier.
Six year old Wyatt did this drawing of a Triceratops for us. The great thing about it being on the ground is that it allowed me to build up the background from the base, so it’s not all visible from the sides.  One thing that is awesome about working on this project is getting to spend some real personal time with kid’s drawings, and seeing what is important to them. Check out those awesome curlies around the Triceratops’ frill. Would you have thought to put those there? I’m not sure that I would have, but I will now. :)

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