This is an illustration of a Dugong for this week’s Animal Alphabets art challenge. The Dugong is a hard animal to draw because it can look so different depending on what angle you want to pick. I went through a few different angles before finding a photo of a porpoise that I used as the basis for this drawing. I had to modify a few features & shapes since porpoises have some significant differences from Dugongs, but hopefully I captured the essence of a Dugong with this illustration.

Arnold Drake: A Galaxy of Comic Creations

Photo: Arnold Drake at the New York Comic-Con in 2006. Photo credit: Edward Liu/toonzone.net

The highly anticipated sequel to the film “Guardians of the Galaxy” arrives in theaters this year, but you may not know that one of the co-creators of the comic-book team, writer Arnold Drake (1924-2007), was at one time a University of Missouri student. Drake came to the college under unusual circumstances though. Continue reading

Blue Whale

An illustration of a Blue Whale for this week’s Animal Alphabets art challenge. Originally started this one out with a diver shining a light on the whale, but I decided to take the diver out of the picture. I liked how the diver turned out, but it just seemed to add complexity to the illustration that was unnecessary. I might try to keep the focus of these illustrations on the animals in their natural environment if I can, but we’ll see how it goes.

Asiatic Black Bear

This is an Asiatic Black Bear, who is in danger of extinction due to hunting and habitat loss. I drew this bear because I’ve joined up with the Animal Alphabets art challenge on twitter this week. The people who run the official Animal Alphabets twitter account give artists a specific animal to draw each week, and the artists post their work on Mondays at 19:30 GMT. The animals name corresponds to each letter of the alphabet, so at the end of the exercise I should have 26 animals to show.

This challenge has been around for about three rounds at this point, with various sub-themes for each round. The first was just animals in general, the second focused on fictional animals, and the third strayed from the “animal” concept a bit to incorporate fairy-tale characters. I was a bit nervous of what the theme would be for this round, but happily it’s endangered animals. I love making illustrations that have an educational component to them, so this is right up my alley.