Friday, January 31, 2014

Opossum Buddy

We've had an opossum in our yard for some time now who's been stopping by nightly. He's been snuggling up against the side of our poorly insulated house to warm up during these ridiculously cold spells. I'd invite him inside but I don't think the cats would care for that. ha. I dropped him in to the sketchbook this week at a good friends house. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dimetrodon (Dimetrodon grandis)

Doodled this guy up in the sketchbook this week at a friends house. Really felt like drawing a dinosaur. This guy was one of my favs as a kid. Turns out the Dimetrodon wasn't actually a dinosaur. WHUT? They are synapsids...more closely related to mammals and actually went extinct around 40 million years before the appearance of the first dinosaur. Learning something new every day :)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

I've been seeing a ton of these on the river so far this winter. I see them daily bobbing in the water, diving for a quick snack.  From a distance it looks like the males are just black and white but if you catch them in a good shot of sunlight you can see their heads have this beautiful green sheen to them. I tried to add a bit of iridescent medium to the watercolors I'm using to try and capture the shiny greenish hue they got going on. It's super hard to photo and forget about scanning. Yikes! Still had fun painting these little dudes in the sketchbook though. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

I spied a bunch of these early in the morning on the Chicago river. They are a really fun looking wintertime visitor. When the males puff up their head feathers their heads look cartoonishly large.  Dropped this guy into the sketchbook and realized with all the birds I've drawn so far I haven't really done any waterfowl yet. Gotta change that up since I'm working right along the river these days. I've been spying an awesome assortment of ducks that are a real treat to see.

An interesting fact about these birds is that they nest mainly in nesting holes carved out by Northern Flickers. Norther Flickers usually only use their nests for one breeding season so these guys swoop in and do a bang up job of repurposing old homes. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014


First art post of the New Year! Started this one during a work sketch session before the holidays. The theme was "Holiday Magic". Finally got around to adding some color to it over the break.