I was lucky enough to find these awesome Nature Magazines at an antiques shop nearby; I love the cover illustrations here by a person named Hexom. I think they are engravings, but not sure. Great colour and composition. And take a close look at that otters expression!! Not the happy-go-lucky fun loving little guys we thought we knew.
Lots to see on a walk today through the Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area. The best find was the beautiful nest above, made of long grass, birch bark, thin pine needles and what looks like wasp nest paper. It is a perfect cup shape, with old snail shells and rolled up pill bugs inside.
Also found were all sorts of fungi, including the two kinds above. I haven't been able to name them yet, but will poke around and see if I can identify them.
Here are a few of my Howl models, the one on the right being half finished; the rows of cloth fringe will extend up and around the face. Though I do enjoy drawing it in its partially done state.
I have been keeping sketchbooks since art school, and have accumulated quite a few of them of all different types and papers. Sometimes I see the beginnings of finished pieces when looking back through them; other times I see images and cryptic notes I have written to myself and wonder what exactly I was thinking. It's good to get your ideas sketched or written out, even if they seem silly or unworkable at the time; you never know when you might be inspired by something you jotted down. And sometimes, the sketch turns out better than the finished piece...