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Two Turtles

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , on December 13, 2009 by katievautour

On film sets, there’s a lot of hurry up and wait time, and luckily, some turtles were doing just that with the crew. So I drew them!

Their necks are amazingly accordion-like, stretching out then scrunching back into almost nothing. The first sketch I did was of the two of them observing the group of us curiously.

After a bit the turtles went back to doing their own thing. This is a quick study of one’s head, and the pattern on the bottom of its outstretched neck. The drawing fails to do it justice though, the design is very intricate.

Then this guy decided to balance precariously on a rock for few minutes. I think he was showing off, but it gave me a chance to study him a bit longer. The texture on his shell is really engaging.

I rediscovered how aptly named turtlenecks are. These turtles brought the cool back into it for me. I’ve been wearing one nearly every day since.

A Pigeon in a Puddle

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by katievautour

As it turns out, the best time to find birds is the worst time to draw…that is, in pouring rain. This fellow is enjoying his time in a misty puddle, probably because he’s silently laughing at me as I am drenched, due to my lack of water-repellent feathers.

I wonder if they think humans are giants…

Sketch of Wood Turtle

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2009 by katievautour

Wood Turtle

After seeing some turtles yesterday, I did this quick drawing of, well, a turtle! Reptiles have piles of personality, accompanied by physically engaging textures. As such, they are a subject matter I plan to study further.

Illustration for Poem: Space Mouse

Posted in Illustrations with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by katievautour

Space Mouse

If astronauts were mice, and the moon was made of cheese…well, this is what would result. I can assume it’s safe to say that the moon would be devoured.

Endangered Animal Painting Series: North Atlantic Right Whale

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by katievautour

North Atlantic Right Whale

This is another piece from the endangered animal painting series. It’s a North Atlantic Right Whale, which lives in…well, the Atlantic Ocean. That’s quite self-explanatory, like the Atlantic Wolffish. These whaless are endangered due to collisions with ships, disruption of the ecosystem through fishing, and historical whaling. It is estimated that there are only about 350 North Atlantic Right Whales remaining in the world. For undetermined reasons (potentially due to environmental modifications, as whales are highly sensitive to changes in their habitat) they are reproducing at an unusually low rate, making it critical for humans to learn to coexist peacefully with the remaining members of the species. The NARWC: North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium website provides lots of information about Right Whales and what is being done to protect the few which remain.

32″ x 22″. Spray paint, pastel, oil, chalk, crayon, acylic and marker on board.

Bright Bird Painting: Curled Up Flamingo

Posted in Art, painting with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by katievautour

Curled Flamingo

So, I like birds, as you can probably tell by now. This is the first of two flamingos I made, and that was interesting, because their anatomy is so unique. Flamingos seem to be either the most graceful or awkward looking birds on the planet, depending on what they’re doing.

I’m pretty happy with the texture of the feathers and how the image seems to fluctuate between volume and flatness.

14″ x 36″. Acrylic, oil, pastel, charcoal and crayon on paper.

Endangered Animal Painting Series: Chinese Giant Salamander

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2009 by katievautour

Chinese Giant Salamander

The Giant Chinese Salamander is the largest living amphibian, growing up to a length of nearly two meters. This particular species deviated from other amphibians approximately 170 million years ago, making it a unique and very distinct creature. Their territory is along the major rivers in China (including the Yangtze, where the now extinct Baiji Dolphin also lived). Giant Salamanders are on the Critically Endangered list of animals and amphibians as a result of an eighty percent decline in their population since the 1960s. The species is over harvested and hunted for food trade, and also heavily impacted by habitat loss.

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to wipe out the creature on this planet that looks most like a dinosaur. Simply because it looks like a dinosaur. That’s impeccably cool.

32″x 22″. Spray paint, pastel, charcoal and oil on board.