Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Pearl Brewery

The once-shuttered Pearl Brewery is now home to a bunch of cool restaurants, offices and shops, as well as a campus of the Culinary Institute of America and apartments and condos.  But the best part of the area is still the part-gothic, part-industrial brewery building itself, and until now I hadn't given it the proper attention in a drawing.  There are plans to turn it into a hotel, and while I'm sure they'll retain all the 19th-century architecture, I doubt they'll keep all the cool pipes and fixtures sticking out of the sides.  So in the interest of documenting that side of the building I finally sat down the other day (in the shade) and tackled it.

Pearl Brewery, San Antonio, Tx

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dinosaurs!

For almost two months now I've been employed as a dinosaur expert at Dinosaur Quest here in San Antonio, which has renewed my interest in paleontology, especially drawing dinosaurs.  A long time ago (about fifteen years ago actually) I was a huge dinosaur nut.  I drew dinosaurs constantly, imitating my favorite "paleo-artists" Gregory Paul, Bob Bakker, Doug Henderson, and Mark Hallett.  But as time went on I got interested in other things and stopped drawings dinosaurs.  Then this job happened, and I was looking at dinosaur skeletons all day long.  So for the past month and a half I've been drawing dinos whenever I've had a chance.  Here are some of the better ones.  (And if you're waiting for more urban art, don't worry-- I've done some that I haven't had a chance to scan yet, and I'm also going to Dallas tomorrow with Linda to support her new book that came out yesterday, and I hope to do some urban sketching there, so stay tuned.)

Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis
Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis.  This sketch of one of our dinos at Dinosaur-Quest is actually inspired by our mount of another theropod, Torvosaurus.

Allosaurus (Saurophaganax) maximus
Allosaurus (Saurophaganax) maximus.  Whether or not Allosaurus is congeneric (the same genus) with Saurophaganax is still a matter of debate by paleontologists, which I am not.
(detail)



Giganotosaurus carolinii
Giganotosaurus carolinii.  I restored the skull looking both at our cast and with consideration of Greg Paul's contention that the skull has been restored too long, especially the lateral temporal fenestra (the hole behind the eye.




















Paracaratherium (ok, this guy ain't a dinosaur-- he's a prehistoric rhino-- but we have a skull so I did an illustration.velociraptor mongoliensis
Velociraptor mongoliensis

giraffatitan brancai
Giraffatitan brancai (formerly known as Brachiosaurus brancai)

allosaurus fragilis
Allosaurus fragilis subadult (drawn directly from one of our skulls)

protoceratops andrewsi
Protoceratops andrewsi

chasmosaurus belli
Chasmosaurus (also drawn from our mount)


I also have been dabbling with some free hand-drawing animation software I found on the web called Plastic Animation Paper and a Wacom tablet my brother lent me.  I did my first-ever animation the other day, of a small theropod dinosaur run cycle!  Pretty weak, but I'm learning a lot as I go.