Meet Picasso. This quiet softie loves spending time with his special person. Snuggling under the tree to hear a good story? That sounds like a lovely way to spend a warm afternoon. 🙂
Picasso looks very happy to see you, and he wonders very much if you like his red crest. He’s very proud of it, you see, and he’s been strutting around the field like a very large rooster.
He marches up and down the fence line with his chest puffed out and his neck arched like a stallion. He watches over his patch of yard like the duke of the land, and if something doesn’t look quite right, he’ll stand as tall as he can and show off those blue feathers- just so you know he has things under control.
Oh yes, feathers! Now we don’t know for sure if this critter had feathers or not, and the whole subject of feathered dinos deserves it’s own series of posts, but there’s a definite possibility. 🙂
I’ve given Picasso a coat of feathers similar in texture to an emu’s, which gives him the furry look. His fingers and feet are feathered too, like a snowy owl, but they have pads on them for walking and grabbing.
But Picasso may need a new look at some point.
Dilophosaurus lived in North America, in the Southwestern areas around present day Arizona and New Mexico. According to my research, it looks like temperatures and climate in the area were not all that different than they are today. That is- hot and mostly dry. Not a lot of shade to go around.
Since Picasso is taller than your average human, he would get quite hot with all those feathers. Picasso is of the domestic variety of Dilophosaurus, so I could say that his floofy coat is due to selective breeding of the wild species…but at some point I’ll need to experiment with fewer feathers. 🙂
The next couple of weeks are going to be quite a bit busier than usual. And I mean crazy busy. So progress will be slow. But even a little progress is better than no progress right? 😀
I’ve been slowly gathering all concept sketches, thumbnails, and other progress stuff to compile into something I can put on display. So far I have most of the digital files round up, then comes the messy task of looking back into old sketchbooks. 😀 The purpose of the exhibit is to show the process of picture-book development, including the messy stuff, so I’m having some fun looking back at old sketches and doodles. 🙂
I’ve also been doing research on how I’ll be building my little scene dioramas. There are a number of scenes where I had a lot of trouble figuring out how everything would look, space wise. This might be simple for a lot of people, but it’s quite a challenge for me.
My whole understanding of an object’s mass and placement in space is getting better since I’ve been making little clay models of my critters. 😀 Macquettes really help rewire my brain into thinking and seeing an image in those terms. Something about forming that object with my hands before looking at it as an illustration. 🙂
So I’ve been doing some research, and watching a lot of Youtube, and I found this awesome tutorial on making dioramas. 😀 I think the video is about 7 minutes long, so I’ll keep my post today short.
I like how cheap and simple this person’s method is (though I’m glad I don’t need water for my first one!)
I don’t think I’ll go so far as to paint the diorama, since I really just need it as a lighting and space reference. Once it’s all made up I’ll just spray paint it a matte white or grey and call it done.
Next week I’ll share the fruit of my research, including the nitty gritty into my plans on making the diorama. 🙂
In the meantime, here’s a little teaser sketch. 😀
Coming Next Week…
This big guy is always ready to flash a big, toothy smile, especially at mealtime.