Meet Bella. She’s big, she’s loud, and she’s really happy to see you! She’s happy to see anyone really, except Alfred, but can you blame her? There’s about a-bazillion years of conflict going on there…
There she is! She is the most accommodating of Pete’s very large camarasaurus herd- voted least likely to accidentally trample the equipment. They can be an excitable bunch, and don’t always pay attention to what they’re bumping into. I’ll just say that when Pete finally got her separated from the herd there was a tractor, some flags, an air horn, and a rubber chicken involved…
These Camaras are more closely related to the smaller wild species, C. lentus (there are 3 🙂 ), which are only about 49 feet long. But that’s still a lot of sauropod on the move, especially when you multiply it by 80!
Why so many?
Paleontologists may call Bella the ugliest sauropod, but they’re pretty popular for anyone with plenty of pasture. Their friendly and calm, cow-like attitude makes them an easier alternative to the larger giants like Elmer.
If only they weren’t so loud! But some may call Bella’s singing endearing. It’s lovely to hear their chorus far out to pasture.
Have the video play in the background while you look at Bella above, I can’t help laughing at the mental picture of 50 or 100 of these fat, happy sauropods calling to each other constantly. In a herd of such large animals, you don’t really need stealth. 😀
Dippy has an update, woohoo! 😀 I’ve been working on this big guy for a while now, and he’s happy to see you!
If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ve seen some of my progress there, but I’ll go ahead and share my process here. 🙂
Step 1: Sketch
Step 2: Reference model
Part of what took me so long on this one was the ref model’s fault. For some reason even though I’ve drawn Dippy very easily in a simple form, I couldn’t really get his form right in clay form. Eventually I decided to stop piddling around with clay since it was enough reference to get the light and perspective I needed. #progressnotperfection right? ;P
Step 3: Drawing
Step 3: Color!
I always start with base colors, then use my clay reference when painting light and shadow on separate layers. Being able to paint in separate layers is by far the biggest benefit of digital paint. 🙂
Complete! Now I can turn it into all sorts of cool things on Redbubble. I think I’ll get a notebook (as soon as I fix the image to make it available 😀 )
Thank you so much for stopping by! It truly means a lot to me, and I hope to have more to show you next month. 🙂
Coming Aug 1st…
These two love making new friends, especially if you have a treat…