Critter of the Week: Camptosaurus

Meet Copper & Daisy. These gentle giants are always happy to meet new friends.  They love being part of the group.

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Copper is a strapping young bull, and never leaves the side of his lovely lady.  He’s very much the gentleman with her, and any friend who joins the herd.  Just keep a close eye on your pockets if you have treats!

You can’t hear him, since it’s a picture of course, but Copper is chirping to Daisy.  He’s found a good patch of something tasty, and he’s telling her to follow him.  Many dinos could probably make a lot of noise without ever opening their mouths, like the gurgly hum Copper is making here.  But you can see his lovely red throat all blown up like a bullfrog. 🙂

I imagine him sounding a lot like this…

 

Making progress…

 

I’m making progress like a ninja tortoise on my little project.  If you want to see what that looks like, here’s a surprisingly fast tortoise I found on Youtube. 😛 (I love how everyone in the clip makes such a huge deal on how fast this tortoise is)

So here’s what I’ve got…

  • line work for the comic is complete. (though it needs a couple of updates, I found a paper describing the soft spines on Dippy’s back, and I’ve been drawing them wrong.)
  • first page color nearly complete.
  • thumbnails for front and back cover, and a few other pages are done, so I just need to finish the line work there.

Here’s a quick look at the first page.  I’m going for a simpler style that’s animation friendly later on, so aside from a few tweaks on the background, this is just about done.  Do you prefer the simpler, more suggestive backgrounds, or a little more detail?

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Personally, I’m thinking of very minimal background, similar to the Wall-e and Big Hero 6 shorts. 🙂  Those short clips have pretty much no background, but the little scene at the bottom of the page is closest to what I’m going for.  Very minimal.

Here’s a look at the Wall-e and Baymax clips, so you see what I mean.

 

What do you think?  I would love your feedback! 😀  Just leave a quick word or two (or three) in the comments. 🙂

 

Coming Next Week…

This little dino is a bit shy, but she’ll come out of the bushes for a sweet hug and a small treat. 🙂

Share your guess in the comments! She’s one of the critters over on the critter page. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Critter of the Week: Camptosaurus

    1. Hi Brownie, thank you for the feedback! That’s good that you can envision these adventures as animated shorts. That’s the idea! 🙂 I’m almost done with the book now, and I’m working on having it published by the end of the month. 😀

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