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A whole lotta dinosaurs

Just posting these for posting's sake.   I figure I might as well be comprehensive.  A bunch of dino sketches from the last few weeks.  Enjoy.

More urban sketching goodness around Denver

I haven't done as much sketching outside in the past month as I would have liked, even though the weather has been fantastic, but I did manage a few doodles here and there.  I humbly submit them here. though if you follow me on Flickr they are old news.  But I present them anyway out of a sense of duty.

This first one was done from near the same spot as my other sketch of the Brown Palace Hotel, this time looking west down 17th behind it.  It's unfinished I suppose, but I like it.

This one was done in Castle Rock, a southern suburb of Denver.  Linda was there for a book signing at Stash, a very cool yarn shop.  While she signed I sketched.

A rare non-architectural sketch, in Cheesman Park in Denver.  I think our Grand Canyon trip may be having some effect on me.

Bagged another great old building in Denver, the old Chamber of Commerce building, now residential.

How to Build a Dinosaur part VI

Here we are, the sixth and final installment of my long-overdue blog chronicling the Deinonychus I built this spring.

Links to the other posts in this series:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

When last we left, I was in the middle of the long and tedious process of applying epoxy clay scales.  Since most of the deino is going to be covered with feathers, I decided only to cover the legs, feet and hands.  The head has been covered for a while now.

The leg on the left has a priming coat of acrylic gesso over the scales, as I'm going to paint this guy with acrylic paint.

Detail of the hands:

The whole guy scaled and ready to paint:

I started with the legs and arms:

There's also a preliminary feather test going on in the above photo.

Closeup of the legs and arms.  The paint was applied with a pouncing brush (commonly used for stencils) to minimize brushstrokes.

I decided to add a little more color to the face as well:

I painted a basic counter-shaded coat under where I planned to…

Some more dino sketches

Colorized and digitized the feathered T. rex I've been working on.  Also fixed the perspective and posture of the legs, which really bothered me in the pencil sketch.   More may yet be done on this one.

Utahraptor got a similar treatment, digitally colored in Photoshop, with a complete redo of the arm feathers from the original pen and ink sketch, done way back last year.


Tiny sketches of a rex and and allosaur, each about 3 inches wide.

Road Trip

Linda and I took a short trip last week across the Colorado Plateau, from here in Colorado through Utah to Arizona and back.  I got the opportunity to do a few sketches, and we also got engaged somewhere along the way.

Our first stop was in Grand Junction, Colorado, on the western border near Utah.  We ate lunch downtown at a great little Nepalese/Indian restaurant, and afterward I had enough time to do this little sketch while Linda checked out the local yarn shop.

That's Linda's little Honda Fit in the middle.

We continued on into Colorado National Monument, just outside of town.

After driving the park's main road and stopping for some (very hot) photo opportunities, we continued on to Moab, Utah, arriving in the early evening.  The last leg took us into the Colorado River canyon as the sun was setting.

The next day, we went to Arches National Park and hiked around all morning.  We checked out the Courthouse Towers, Sand Dune Arch, Skyline Arch and the Devil's Garden…